A California wildfire known as the “Woolsey Fire” has not only claimed two lives, it has also forced the evacuations of tens of thousands of people in the southern portion of the state. The fire has also destroyed more than 96,000 acres. While the winds that helped fanned the flames have somewhat subsided, they had not calmed to the point to where the fire was close to being contained.
A Perfect Storm
The Santa Ana winds, in combination with extremely dry conditions, have created a perfect environment for flames to spread quickly. At least 75,000 people were forced from their homes in the Malibu area as well as Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and at least 435 structures had been destroyed as of November 13. The fire, according to local officials, was about 35 percent contained.
The two deaths, along with 42 deaths linked to the Camp Fire in Northern California, have made these fires the deadliest in state history. The flames had flared so quickly that one official said it nearly quadrupled in size in only one night.
In addition to the evacuations, several area universities had to close. These included California Lutheran University, Pepperdine University and Moorpark College. The Conejo Valley Unified School District, which serves Thousand Oaks, CA, also had to close.
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