It has charred an estimated 35,000 acres
In just over 24 hours, the Woolsey Fire has consumed an estimated 35,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
The relentless blaze broke out Thursday afternoon near Simi Valley, and fueled by low humidity and gusty winds, is now steadily blazing through Malibu and neighboring communities, with mandatory evacuations in place.
As images of smoldering houses suggest, there has been “significant structural loss,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Chief Daryl Osby said Friday afternoon.
But there are no estimates yet for the number of homes that have been destroyed.
The path and perimeter of a fast-moving wildfire can be difficult to track. But with the help of a couple of maps, it’s easier to see where the fire is burning and get a handle on how much the two counties have been affected by these blazes in just a short amount of time.
The map immediately below was created by ABC7 using information from the California Office of Emergency Services, which tracks active wildfires in the state. (It takes about a minute to load.)
Below that, a map from the Los Angeles Fire Department shows the areas where the fire has spread as well as evacuation zones.
This map from the Los Angeles fire department shows the mandatory evacuation zones in red and, in yellow, the voluntary evacuation zone affecting a sliver of the city of Los Angeles.
- Ventura County’s Woolsey Fire moves south, forcing evacuations in Malibu, Topanga, Hidden Hills [Curbed LA]