Live aerial view of the Woolsey Fire ravaging Malibu area

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Published on 13 Nov 2018, 13:51
The Woolsey Fire, affecting Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Bell Canyon, Hidden Hills, Malibu and Calabasas, was 15 percent contained and had torched 85,200 acres as of 8 p.m. PST Sunday.

The fire has claimed two lives, both adults, officials said Sunday night. Their bodies were found in unincorporated Malibu, where their vehicle was overcome by fire.

The Hill Fire, meanwhile, was 75 percent contained and had scorched 4,531 acres north of Malibu and south of Simi Valley, Cal Fire reported Sunday night.

Local state Sen. Henry Stern moderated the session, which included officials from Cal Fire, the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles and Ventura County sheriff departments, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Department of Toxic Substances Control and emergency services.

Officials did not have many immediate answers, explaining that local governments will make decisions depending on conditions. A highway patrol official noted plans to reopen portions of Highway 101, one of the region's primary roadways.

A disaster declaration requested by Gov. Jerry Brown was still pending Sunday night, according to FEMA.

The National Weather Service warned that extremely critical fire weather conditions would persist through Tuesday, likely causing rapid fire growth, extreme fire behavior and long-range spotting with existing fires and any new ignitions.
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