MAP: Where the wildfires are burning in SoCal

MAP: Where the wildfires are burning in SoCal

MAP: Where the wildfires are burning in SoCal

Fires are burning in Northern and Southern California. Los Angeles is prone to natural disasters as earthquakes are expected in the region, but with the drought this year and mighty fires, it's becoming even more risky to live in the area. Evacuating residents were being directed south of PCH toward Santa Monica, creating a snarl of vehicles along the normally scenic coastal route. "Mandatory evacuations are now in place for all of Malibu, including unincorporated areas".

The fire erupted Thursday northwest of Los Angeles and has been swept southward toward the ocean by strong Santa Ana winds.

Where are the California wildfires?

It's near Hill Canyon Road and Santa Rosa Road in the Santa Rosa Valley. The trendy beach resort has about 13,000 residents and 21 miles of gorgeous coastline.

Wildfires also broke out in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, causing evacuations and burning about 12,000 acres.

Pepperdine University has canceled classes Friday at its Malibu and Calabasas campuses.

A second evacuation center for animals was opened this morning at Hansen Dam, 11770 Foothill Lake View Terrace, after the evacuation center at Pierce College in Woodland Hills reached capacity.

The brush fire was first reported around 6:30 AM Thursday morning and burned roughly 18,000 acres by midday Thursday.

The Thousand Oaks-area Conejo Valley Unified School District also has closed all its schools.

A series of fast-moving wildfires are racing up and down California early Friday, destroying thousands of structures in their paths and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate through flame-lined streets.

High winds and dry vegetation made the fires spread quickly, Ventura County fire officials said, and a red flag warning was in effect until 10 p.m. Friday, promising another day of dry, hot, windy weather. But conditions there could change rapidly as the fire moves toward the coast.

Fire officials ordered the evacuation of large swaths of the beachside city of Malibu Friday as a raging fire jumped the USA 101 Freeway west of Los Angeles and raced toward the sea and the community famed for its surf and celebrity homes.

Fire officials said it could take days to figure out how many people died.

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said a "very significant, risky weather pattern" would continue through the end of the weekend. Although an unknown number of structures have been destroyed, there were no reports of any injuries to firefighters or residents as of mid-morning Friday.

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