WOOLSEY FIRE UPDATE – 11/12/18 at 10:13 a.m.
MANDATORY EVACUATION REMAINS IN PLACE FOR TOPANGA CANYON
SPECIAL NOTE: The Topanga Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 11/14/18 has been canceled. The NAP presentation will be postponed to a future date.
Woolsey Fire Update – Monday, 11/12/18 at 10:13 a.m. (combined sources of TCEP and LACoFD)
TOPANGA IS STILL UNDER MANDATORY EVACUATION. WE ENCOURAGE REMAINING RESIDENTS TO EVACUATE NOW.
ZONES 1-6 evacuate NORTHBOUND into the San Fernando Valley. ZONES 7-9 evacuate SOUTHBOUND toward PCH. TCB continues to be closed to inbound traffic. The LA County Sheriff’s Department continues to patrol Topanga announcing mandatory evacuation orders and securing the area.
NOTE: The 101 freeway is now open in both directions but some on & off ramps may be closed. PCH is closed in both directions from coastline to Leo Carrillo. *An update on PCH closure is expected around noon.
The fire is still a threat to Calabasas and Topanga from the Bell Canyon/West Hills area embers being carried by gusty Santa Ana wind, so mandatory evacuations remain in place for these areas.
High Wind Warning – until November 13 at 5:00 p.m. Red Flag Warning – until November 13 at 5:00 p.m.
The Woolsey Fire has consumed 91,572 acres with 20% containment. There have been two civilian fatalities, 57,000+ structures threatened, estimated 370 structures destroyed.
Woolsey Fire continues to grow but slower than previous days. Flare-ups are posing challenges for firefighters who have to run from spot to spot to protect structures. Homes can still be lost from flare-ups after the main fire front moves through. LA County Fire Chief David Richardson, a 30-year veteran said, “This is by far the quickest and fastest moving fire I have witnessed and been a part of.”
Due to extreme fire behavior, firefighting efforts have been focused on the protection of life and structures. Crews continue to reinforce containment lines. Crews are challenged with steep terrain, limited access and extreme fire behavior. Moderate to strong Santa Ana winds will continue across the area.
Mandatory evacuations in Los Angeles County for entire areas of Topanga, Calabasas, Malibu, Hidden Hills, Monte Nido, Malibu Lake.
Mandatory evacuations in the City of Los Angeles: West Hills – west of Valley Circle Blvd. to Ventura Co. line between Roscoe and Van Owen.
Evacuation Centers in proximity to Topanga:
*Taft Charter High School – at full capacity at this time
*Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Dr., Woodland Hills
*Canoga Park High School
*Palisades Charter High School
Animal Evacuation Centers in proximity to Topanga:
* Pierce College – at full capacity at this time
* Hansen Dam Equestrian Center – at full capacity at this time
* Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 W. Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley, 805-388-4341 – accepting small animals
* If you need large animal assistance, call 805-388-4258
The fire department is fighting this fire with tremendous effort.
Here are their firefighting resources as of last night:
450 engines, 40 water tenders, 22 helicopters, 54 hand crews, 50 dozers, 3227 total personnel. Air tankers are being used as conditions allow.
And with all that firefighting power, the fire remains to be unpredictable, fast-moving during high winds and high wind gusts, high danger of spotting, and a threat to surrounding communities. Be safe and informed.
* For updated evacuation info, go to TCEP’s Emergency Status page: http://t-cep.org/
* Visit TCEP’s Twitter page: @TCEP90290.
* To view many other emergency Twitter feeds: https://www.onetopanga.com/