South­ern Cal­i­for­nia fire:

San Francisco Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - By John Antczak John Antczak is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

⏩ Thou­sands evac­u­ated as blaze marches on.

LOS AN­GE­LES — A wind­driven wild­fire raged through South­ern Cal­i­for­nia com­mu­ni­ties on Fri­day, burn­ing homes and forc­ing thou­sands of peo­ple to flee as it re­lent­lessly pushed to­ward Mal­ibu and the Pa­cific Ocean.

Fire of­fi­cials couldn’t es­ti­mate how many build­ings were lost from the Woolsey Fire burn­ing in Los An­ge­les and Ven­tura coun­ties, but said they were ex­pected to be sig­nif­i­cant.

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple were or­dered to evac­u­ate, but there were no in­juries to res­i­dents or fire­fight­ers, said Los An­ge­les County Deputy Fire Chief Dave Richard­son.

The fire was one of two that broke out Thurs­day in Ven­tura County even as the area was reel­ing from the deadly mass shoot­ing at a crowded bar in Thou­sand Oaks. An­other Cal­i­for­nia fire 475 miles to the north lev­eled much of the town of Par­adise (Butte County) as it quadru­pled in size. Fire­fight­ing re­sources were stretched thin.

“The chal­lenges are, num­ber one, com­pet­ing re­sources,” Richard­son said. “We all know this is the sec­ond fire that oc­curred in Ven­tura County, and it’s on the heels of what’s hap­pened up in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia where they’ve had dev­as­tat­ing loss in Butte County.”

Fire­fight­ers had hoped to stop the Woolsey Fire’s march south at the wide ex­panse of High­way 101, but it jumped the free­way as the re­gion’s no­to­ri­ous Santa Ana winds spiked in the early morn­ing hours Fri­day. The fire then climbed rapidly into the Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains and raced to­ward the coast.

“The perime­ter is now the Pa­cific Ocean,” Richard­son said.

Evac­u­a­tions were or­dered for all com­mu­ni­ties south of High­way 101, in­clud­ing Mal­ibu, where the pop­u­la­tion of 13,000 in­cludes many celebri­ties.

The Hill Fire, far­ther west in Ven­tura County, was also mov­ing to­ward the ocean, but its pace was slowed as it moved into the foot­print of a 2013 wild­fire that de­voured veg­e­ta­tion on the far end of the Santa Mon­ica range.

Ringo h.W. Chiu / As­so­ci­ated Press

Fire­fight­ers push a car from a garage as the Woolsey Fire burns a home near Mal­ibu Creek State Park in the Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains. Evac­u­a­tions were or­dered south of High­way 101.

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