Pink Reacts to California Wildfires With Message of Gratitude to First Responders

Pink Reacts to California Wildfires With Message of Gratitude to First Responders

Pink Reacts to California Wildfires With Message of Gratitude to First Responders

Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Dave Richardson says 45,000 people in Ventura County and 43,000 more in Los Angeles County were ordered to evacuate overnight.

Dubbed the "Hill Fire", the blaze quickly spread to cover between 8,000 and 10,000 acres on Thursday, according to Ventura County Fire Department officials.

While not as big as the Camp Fire, the Woolsey Fire, which now measures approximately 8,000 acres, is in a much more densely populated area.

Thankfully, Derrickson's family is safe, but he announced that he's going offline for a while he deals with the tragedy of losing his home. Winds were blowing between 25-30 miles per hour and pushed the fire across the freeway onto Conejo Mountain toward the Pacific Coast Highway.

The Hill Fire started not far from the Thousand Oaks bar where 12 people were killed in a mass shooting. Beginning yesterday with the Camp Fire, Californians are now battling the Camp Fire, Hill Fire, and Woolsey Fire as high-speed winds continue to spark more blazes.

The blaze earlier ripped through Paradise, about 20 miles east of Chico.

Several evacuation sites were issuing protective masks for citizens, Ventura County Emergency Services said. Flames were inches away, smoke was thick, cars weren't moving and people were panicking. Another fire northwest of Los Angeles has been swept southward toward the ocean by strong Santa Ana winds.

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"There was really no firefight involved", said Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, explaining that crews gave up on attacking the flames and instead helped people evacuate.

In Southern California, officials said the Woolsey Fire forced the entire city of Malibu to evacuate Friday. It burned in the same path as the 2013 Springs Fire that torched 24,000 acres before running into the Pacific Ocean.

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. Highway 70, located near the wildfire, was closed down and the California Highway Patrol asked drivers to avoid the road.

A wildfire burning in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas quadrupled in size, cutting power off from more than 23,000 homes and businesses late Thursday. Staff and 41 patients at the Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise were evacuated to other hospitals because it was close to the oncoming wildfire. Jerry Brown is traveling out of state.

U.S. media reports that schools have also been closed and evacuated due to the fire, and animals have been moved out of the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the United States 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

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