Woolsey Fire

Message from Mayor Rick Mullen:

(Sunday, November 11, 2018, 1:00 PM) "As we enter into the fourth full day of the Woolsey Fire, the entire City of Malibu still remains under mandatory evacuation. We urge those who have not yet evacuated to get out of the City now. We know this is an extremely stressful time, and our primary concern is for your safety. Be vigilant and heed the direction of our public safety officials, which will help them do their work to protect your homes.
 
City staff continue to be a resource and are working hard to push out timely, relevant information on our website on this page (malibucity.org/Woolsey), on Twitter @CityMalibu and //Facebook.com/CityofMalibu. Calls to City Hall at 310-456-2489 are being forwarded to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) where staff are available to answer questions 24/7.
 
There will be a Community Town Hall meeting for concerned residents today at 5:00 PM at Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills (5461 Winnetka Ave).

To sign up for City of Malibu Emergency Alerts by text and email, visit www.MalibuCity.org/News (scroll down to Alert Center, select "Emergencies").

To sign up for City of Malibu Disaster Notifications, visit www.MalibuCity.org/DisasterNotifications.

-----

Overview

The Woolsey Fire, which broke out in Chatsworth on the afternoon of Thursday, November 8, and reached Malibu early Friday morning, continues to burn throughout the city. A mandatory evacuation was issued for all of Malibu on Friday, November 9. The following is the latest confirmed information:

UPDATE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11, 12:00 PM

CalFire Map web Opens in new window

The following information was confirmed by LA County Fire and other first responders.

  • Current estimate - 85,500 acres, 15% contained.
  • Malibu still under mandatory evacuation
  • 200 LA County Sheriff Deputies in Woolsey Fire area

ROAD CLOSURES

  • PCH closed to all traffic between LA/Ventura from County line and Sunset Blvd.
  • US-101 is now open in both directions, but all off-ramps remain closed between Valley Circle and Reyes Adobe.

Smoke Advisory

Smoke and ash from the Woolsey Fire has been carried far beyond the immediate fire area by the same winds that fuel the fires. Residents throughout much of Los Angeles may be experiencing the effects of poor air quality. Side effects from the smoky air include burning eyes, difficulty breathing, chest heaviness, coughing, and more. 

Smoke from fires includes small particles and gases that can have adverse health effects, particularly for sensitive individuals. Everyone should avoid unnecessary outdoor activities and prolonged exertion in smoke impacted areas. The elderly and individuals with asthma and other respiratory ailments are more susceptible to the effects of smoke and dust.

Staying indoors can help reduce exposure to smoke and dust.Keeping doors and windows closed, running an air conditioner, and using indoor air filtration devices with HEPA filters can reduce the level of particles that circulate indoors.

For more detailed information about protecting yourself from smoke-related illnesses, view the AQMD’s “Wildfires and Your Health” at www.aqmd.com.

EVACUATION CENTERS

- Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St, Camarillo. Accepting small animals.

- Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Rd, Newbury Park. Accepting small animals.

- Pierce College, 7100 El Rancho Dr., Woodland Hills (Entrance off Desoto Ave)

- Canoga Park High School

- Palisades Charter High School

AT CAPACITY: Goebel Senior Adult Center – 1385 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

AT CAPACITY: Thousand Oaks Teen Center – 1375 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

AT CAPACITY: Taft Charter High School – 5461 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

CLOSED: Thousand Oaks Community Center – 2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

SMALL ANIMALS

  • Agoura Animal Care Center (Under Mandatory Evacuation)
  • Animals in crates accepted at all Red Cross shelters EXCEPT Palisades Charter 

LARGE ANIMALS

  • Industry Hills Expo Center, 16200 Temple Ave. City of Industry is opening stables for any horses being evacuated from the wildfires. Approximately 250 stalls available. Call 626-330-0324; After Hours Assistance: 626-216-6428
  • Pierce College (FULL) 
  • Hansen Dam (FULL) 
  • Antelope Valley Fairgrounds (2551 W Ave H, Lancaster)

RESOURCES:

See more at the City of Malibu Alert Center



Weather

The National Weather Service (NWS) has extended the Red Flag Warning through Tuesday, November 13, at 5:00 PM for gusty northeast winds and very low relative humidity throughout the mountains and coastal areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. 

Winds: 

Northeast winds of 8-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph Saturday morning. Winds will likely transition to southwest to west 8-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph Saturday afternoon and evening. Winds are expected to turn back to northeast and increase late Saturday night through Sunday at 15-25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. The strongest winds look to develop between Sunday and Monday across the area, then diminish through Tuesday, November 13.

Relative Humidity

Minimum humidities will fall to 3-10 percent each afternoon with poor overnight recoveries.

Impacts: 

If fire ignition occurs, conditions will be favorable for very rapid fire spread and extreme fire behavior, including long range spotting, which would threaten life and property.

Donations

Material donations are not currently being accepted. Anyone wishing to assist those affected by the fire are encouraged to make financial donations to the American Red Cross at www.RedCross.org

Additional Information Resources