Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

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Even after the fire passes hazards exist in the aftermath. Burned out poles and trees and hot spots are among the many hazards that must be identified and eliminated prior to repopulation. (Photo: Ventura County Fire Department)
By edhat staff
[8:00 a.m., November 16: Updated numbers and information have been corrected below]
 

The Hill Fire is now fully contained and firefighters are gaining ground on the Woolsey Fire as it continues to move through Los Angeles County.

Hill Fire Update

The Hill Fire is currently 100% contained at 4,531 acres located in Eastern Camarillo and Newbury Park.

Fire suppression repair teams are actively engaged in working around the fire perimeter and affected areas. On Thursday night, a weak downcanyon flow with weak northeasterly winds at the ridges aided in the containment. 

There have been no injuries reported from this fire. Two structures were destroyed and two other structures were damaged. Full containment is expected on November 16.

Woolsey Fire Update

The Woolsey Fire is 69% contained at 98,362 acres and growing. The fire has expanded into Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Bell Canyon, Hidden Hills, Malibu, and Calabasas. 

Full containment of the fire is expected on November 19, 2018.

For today, onshore flow will continue across the incident, gusting a bit stronger than Thursday. Southerly/upcanyon gusts are expected to be around 20mph Friday afternoon. With the stronger onshore flow, temperatures will be a little bit cooler and minimum relative humidity higher. 

Firefighting resources will continue to mop up and patrol. Fire suppression repair teams are actively engaged, working around the fire perimeter and affected areas. Unburned interior islands as well as burned structures adjacent to control lines will be monitored to prevent spread. Creas remain diligent in providing public service to residents as they return to their homes.

83% of all National Parks Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has been burned by the Woolsey Fire. All National Parks Service lands in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area are closed to public entry for safety. 

The Woolsey Fire also burned through a portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. More on this announcement can be read here.

Montecito Firefighters in Malibu (Photo: Montecito Fire Department)

Three civilian fatalities and three firefighter injuries were reported by fire officials. Two people were found dead and severely burned while sitting in a stopped vehicle on a long residential driveway in Malibu, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s chief John Benedict.

 
A third fatality was reported on Friday, November 16. The body was found inside a burnt residence in the 32000 block of Lobo Canyon Road in Agoura Hills.

There are 57,000 structures that remain threatened. Preliminary estimates show 616 total structures destroyed which accounts for nonresidential commerical property and minor structures. However, damage assessment for the affected area is 57% complete showing an additional 183 structures damaged.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reports looting activity during the past two days in the burn areas. Southeastern Ventura County is within a declared disaster area.

The Sheriff's Office warns that people need to stay out of the area to let public safety crews do their work. Those found in areas where they do not belong will be contacted by law enforcement and may be arrested. 

Mandatory Evacuations

Ventura County

  • South Coast: E. Las Posas Road south of Potrero Road to Highway 1 and county line
  • Pacific Coast Highway is ipen to residents only who live along PCH

Los Angeles County

  • Calabasas - portions have been repopulated
  • Malibu - portions of the unincorporated areas of Malibu have been repopulated. South of Carbon Canyon & North of Tuna Canyon just North of PCH.
  • Topanga - entire canyon / community
  • Monte Nido - entire community
  • Malibu Lake - entire community
  • No access will be available to neighborhoods south of Mulholland Hwy.

Road Closures

  • Hwy 1 southbound (P.C.H.) closed at Las Posas Rd. to Webb Way.
  • Westlake Blvd. is closed southbound from Potrero Rd.
  • S. Las Virgenes from Mulholland
  • S. Kanan from Cornell Rd.
  • W. Mulholland from Cornell Rd.
  • Cold Canyon Rd. from Mulholland
  • Everything is closed South of Mulholland Hwy & West of Cornell Rd.
  • S. Stunt Rd. from Mulholland
  • LA County public works has closed Chesebro Road at the bridge between Driver Ave and Balkins due to the bridge being damaged during the fire.

 

For more information visit vcemergency.com

Aerial view of the 23 freeway looking south on November 10 (Photo: Max Rosenberg)


[Updated: November 15, 2018]

Santa Barbara County Provides Assistance to Ventura County During Time of Need

Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office continues to provide support to Ventura County during a difficult time. Sheriff’s Office employees along with hundreds of people including law enforcement from across the state attended the funeral service today, November 15, 2018, for Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus who was tragically killed along with 11 other innocent victims in a mass shooting on November 7, 2018 in Thousand Oaks. 

The Sheriff’s Office sent a management team to cover for Ventura County Sheriff’s Office managers today so that they could attend the services for their colleague who gave the ultimate sacrifice and died trying to protect others. 

Santa Barbara County also continues to provide mutual aid assistance to help with security patrols in evacuated areas. The Sheriff’s Office currently has 19 deputies assigned to Ventura County and the Santa Barbara Police Department yesterday, November 14, 20 18 had 10 officers assigned to assist. 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support Copter 308 remains assigned in Ventura County to help combat wildfires and has been utilized for nighttime airdrops the past several nights.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide resources to Ventura County as long as we are needed.

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Shasta Guy Nov 18, 2018 11:28 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Here’s a Camp Fire update from Juan Browne of the Blancolirio channel on YouTube. PG&E’s role in the fire is a lot like Edison’s role in the Thomas Fire. There’s a lot of hard issues we need to plow through to avoid situations like this happening again, which are touched upon in this video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n4ZmxmrVCaQ

a-1571066779 Nov 17, 2018 10:39 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Smoke from wildfires burn everything in garages, and homes, cars, trucks, and farms, orchards, factories, etc. Plastics, pesticides, fungicides, asbestos, fuels, and more, are hitchhiking on the smoke particles in ash. You breathe it, you're breathing poison. It is like sun damage that starts with the first sunburn you had when you were a child. It's cumulative. Damage to lungs, same. These small particulates go to your lungs, and stay there, just adding more and more with each episode of wildfire smoke. Take precautions, EACH time. Don't participate in your own demise.

a-1571066779 Nov 17, 2018 09:58 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Store water (above ground pool or hot tub), get fire-fighting hoses and nozzles, move flammable stuff away from your house, including plants, and patio furniture. It might come to the point when you CAN'T evacuate because it's too dangerous. Be prepared for the what-ifs of the future.

a-1571066779 Nov 17, 2018 06:41 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Scuba breathing gear, used by a man in Woolsey Fire who stayed behind to save his home. I saw him interviewed on tv last week. He said he would get "clean" air into his lungs, enabling him to continue his battle in the midst of heavy smoke. Something to consider, even if you're in your car evacuating. Save your lungs.

a-1571066779 Nov 16, 2018 08:59 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Dr.Daniel Swain Retweeted;Dr. Faith Kearns-Nov. 16, 2018: "California fires are sounding alarm bells too loud to ignore, and we cannot begin normalizing the tremendous loss of lives & communities. @MaxMoritzFire & I argue wildfire has become a critical public health issue in our state @ConversationUS http://bit.ly/2qQemqv #CAFire #CAwx."

a-1571066779 Nov 16, 2018 03:01 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Butte County Sheriff/Coroner-- missing persons (+ ages) list of 630 people -- updated Nov.15: https://www.buttecounty.net/Portals/24/CampFire/BCSO%20UNACCOUNTED%20FOR%2011-15-2018%20PM.pdf?ver=2018-11-15-221544-803

a-1571066779 Nov 16, 2018 02:13 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

A firefighter was interviewed on tv, and he said he and others had worked 52 hours w/o break on the Malibu fire. In fact, in another report, a firefighter's wife was appealing to the public to take food to firefighters. It was dramatic.

a-1571066779 Nov 16, 2018 03:13 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Yes it is nonsense. But it did happen, while they were trying to get personnel to the area to fight the fire. For quite a while (days), I noted under 1,000 personnel working on the Woolsey Fire in the daily incident reports. And, hardly any equipment for a fire so large, with so much wind.

a-1571066779 Nov 15, 2018 08:25 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Nonsense! Have you any idea what fatigue does to fire fighting personnel? It gets them killed. Yes, they work long hours and the food they eat may not always be hot/warm and the breaks do not include a warm bed and a hot shower.

a-1571066779 Nov 15, 2018 03:53 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Ventura County Fire, 2pm Twitter, Thursday: "For the last 7 days, the #VCFD shop has stayed open to support repairs + inspections on equipment from all over the country, including CA, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Montana. Special thanks to the 20+ mechanics supporting #Hillfire #WooleyFire"

a-1571066779 Nov 15, 2018 03:44 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Today, San Francisco, schools were closed and Cable Cars were shut down because of smoke from the Camp Fire. Public health officials are warning residents to stay indoors and wear N95 masks when outdoors. The City of S.F. has created a map of filtered air shelters people can shelter in.

a-1571066779 Nov 15, 2018 10:38 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Officials are warning that fires will be more frequent and violent. Are we ready for the new reality? Which politicians or others are thinking ahead? How about a foster system for anyone made homeless by fires. You take someone in, in CA, or other states, and give them food and shelter, and you get a stipend.

a-1571066779 Nov 15, 2018 07:59 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

New category: homeless from climate change. Do you remember the Lake Isabella Erskine Fire in 2016; the second-largest wildfire of the 2016 California wildfire season. It was also the first fire of 2016 to have fatalities and is the 15th most destructive fire in state history. Still homeless there. The Santa Rosa Tubbs Fire, many fatalities, 2017, people still homeless. In all cases, low income, retirees, hard to spring back. SHASTA GUY, more fires, and now Camp Fire, you're right, a humanitarian crisis. MANY thousands across the state. People forced to live in the shadows.

Shasta Guy Nov 15, 2018 07:43 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

You're welcome, Twoscoops. The horror of the Camp Fire continues to unfold. 8,650 single family residences destroyed, 105 multifamily structures destroyed, 56 deaths, and ~130 still missing. This is developing into a humanitarian crisis which will worsen with the winter rains around the corner. Many people are living in tents in parking lots. My brother in law's property survived by some miracle. Do not forget them or be distracted by movie star troubles in Malibu who in most cases are well insured with second homes elsewhere. Hundreds of families won't have grandparents at the Thanksgiving table next week. Thousands have no place to go for Thanksgiving. Thousands...think about that.

a-1571066779 Nov 15, 2018 07:33 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Fire in Santa Paula Thursday morning (today). Crews responding to the so called Briggs Fire at 1:40 a.m. when flames were reported in the hills. The fire is burning on South Mountain between Santa Paula and Saticoy, in steep canyon terrain. Started near hwy 126.

a-1571066779 Nov 15, 2018 07:32 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Fire fighters, airplane/helicopter pilots, police/sheriffs, ambulance drivers, search & rescue, dispatchers, ham radio operators, inmates who dig out the problem spots, EOC, KEYT, Roger the Scanner Guy, John Wiley, SHASTA GUY, and Edhat. Thankful for you! You are important!

TWOSCOOPS Nov 15, 2018 07:17 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

SHASTA GUY, thank you for the link to Blancoliro channel. Nice to know about the "guts" of the wildfire fighting air force. I watched several of his reports on the Camp Fire, truly informative. As usual, big thanks to you, and John Wiley, for vlog and Edhat postings.

Shasta Guy Nov 14, 2018 09:49 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Here's some up close and behind the scenes video of the 747 and DC-10 fire retardant dropping jets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW0XQI525UE The DC-10 likely helped us out during the Thomas Fire, and I can't recall if the 747 got used around here. The video is from Juan Browne who runs a youtube channel called the Blancoliro channel. He's a pilot and a lot like John Wiley, but it Butte County. 7,600 home lost so far in the Camp Fire.

Flicka Nov 13, 2018 01:37 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

EASTBEACH, Construction, of course, helps, especially tile roofs. However, one important thing is the air vents. Sparks go into the home through them, no matter how the house is built. When there is time for early evacuation messages, a way highly recommended to safe guard your house is to cover the vents.

a-1571066779 Nov 13, 2018 08:40 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

This. To really fight, one would need a completely ceramic/concrete/metal etc. house. With an inside and outside sprinkler system to prevent contents from burning. I'm thinking what's necessary in a fire storm. Some people in Painted Cave are approaching this. Cisterns and other rain water capture is necessary too.

a-1571066779 Nov 13, 2018 01:05 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

To those inciting fear about inhaling wood smoke, I really hope you don't live here and didn't live here especially last year during Thomas Fire. Anyone here definitely inhaled plenty of "particulate matter" even indoors, and even if wearing a mask. Really, stop the fear mongering. Before electricity all people used was wood fire to heat and cook. If you are that concerned, move away from any locations that have any risk whatsoever of wildfire. IE the entire state of CA

PitMix Nov 15, 2018 12:23 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Anybody who lived here during the Thomas Fire wore a mask while outside and had a filter going in their house. Foolish if you didn't. Just because your ancestors didn't have access to masks or clean fuels for heating and cooking doesn't mean you can't change and do better.

a-1571066779 Nov 13, 2018 08:38 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Would you please elucidate on your alternatives? So far, what you purport is what people who do not evacuate do. It is their choice and right. Succinctly, if one does not evacuate one cannot rely on protection or response to their requests, if made. How close have you been to a wildfire? Lost a home? Had friends who did? You do know you're allowed to stay; you can't be dragged away, right? (If my friends had been home, let alone wanted or tried to stay during Painted Cave Fire, they'd be dead.)

John Wiley Nov 12, 2018 11:54 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

There's a sunset aerial view from Hidden Valley across the mountains to Malibu on SBitZ.NET and I've just sent some other ones to Ed in case they'd like to include them in the Tuesday edition. Right now there's no fire detection on the 11pm low-resolution InfraRed satellite. The aviation forecast for surface level wind in the area predicts modest wind from 3am Tuesday through most of the day. From the aerial pix it looks like they'd managed to contain most of the fire, and hopefully by now they've knocked down more of the remaining hotspots that could make a run once the wind starts.

a-1571066779 Nov 12, 2018 08:30 PM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

Pride of S.B. helicopter helping Woolsey Fire fight, 7:30 p.m. Monday night, twitter account of AI6YR "1 night flying helicopters, Santa Barbara 308, setup at helispot 32 alpha to work, trying to find another one. Ventura County night flying copter is grounded with mechanical issues. Serrano Canyon #WoolseyFire". I'm glad we're there to help them out!

tagdes Nov 13, 2018 11:01 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

I think he's talking about 308 which was a US Army UH1-H Iroquois that was acquired from the USFS in 1998 by SB Co. Fire and now one of the 5 copters operated by SB Co. Sheriff/ Fire ASU (Air Support Unit ) after the 2 departments combined some years back and has resulted in some problems throughout the years since.

John Wiley Nov 13, 2018 12:12 AM
Hill Fire Fully Contained and Crews Gain Ground on Woolsey Fire

I guess Ben's tweet was about the Forest Service BELL UH-1H N205KS operated as SB County 380. Glad it has night capability. Communities working together in Mutual Aid is such a wonderful thing. Many lives saved and property spared from destruction. Thanks for passing this good news along to Edhatters.

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