Update Nov. 12, 8:36 p.m.
Volunteer firefighter says the arrival of Santa Ana winds has made fire situations more challenging.
Despite their region's own historic fire, Wood's Fire, a volunteer fire-fighting organization from northern California, is helping to protect homes and other structures in proximity to the Woolsey Fire and other developing blazes.
Fresh from fighting the Campfire up north, J.T. Bones is a Wood's Fire volunteer patrolling neighborhoods in Oak Park and Thousand Oaks. He said that just because you can't see flames, doesn't mean that area residents, or their homes, are safe just yet.
"Since the fire has actually come through, it doesn't mean everything's out," he said. "There's still smoldering pockets everywhere, stuff's still burning underground by chance."
Bones also said that the arrival of strong winds on Monday has made fighting the fire incredibly unpredictable.
"Anytime these winds, the Santa Ana winds can come through," he said. "(They can) pick it up and start those fires right up again."
Bones said that this fire season has been especially intense for him and his colleagues.
"It's been crazy, it's been bananas," he said.
For the time being, Wood's Fire will continue roaming the area, ensuring that any smaller smolders are extinguished.
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Updated Nov. 12, 6:00 p.m.
Fires affect more than just humans. The fires in California have not only forced humans to evacuate their homes, but their animals as well.
"It burned right down to our property line…but we're glad that we had the day to just keep moving and get everybody out and get the whole facility relocated," he said.
Many can't take their animals with them when they evacuate. They rely on animal sanctuaries to take care of their animals until they can return to their homes.
"We're going to care for these animals, just as much as if they were our animals because frankly as long as they are on our property they are. So every single one of them has that look of gratitude on their face," said Greg Cooper, the director of community outreach at the Humane Society of Ventura County.
The Humane Society of Ventura County will hold animals as long as their owners need, according to Cooper. Last year's Thomas Fire brought over a hundred animals to the shelter, and it held some animals for months until their owners were able to return home.
This year, Cooper said they have even more animals this year, but they are willing to do what they did last year again.
To help the animals, visit some of the links below.
Updated Nov. 12, 5:50 p.m.
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“The terribly destructive fires that have ravaged California this past week have directly and profoundly affected the USC community,” Interim USC President Wanda M. Austin said in an email sent to faculty, staff and students.
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The Woolsey fire has burned 91,572 acres of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, destroying at least 370 structures—and it won't be contained before Nov. 17, officials said Monday in a press conference.
The Woolsey fire in Los Angeles County and Ventura County is 20 percent contained, and 57,000 structures are at risk, according to Chief Daryl Osby of Los Angeles County Fire Department. He said 250,000 people have evacuated safely, and he asks affected people to evacuate early without waiting for an evacuation order.
"If there is fire, leave immediately. Do not wait for an evacuation order," Osby said.
Chief John Benedict of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said fire officials don't expect containment until Nov. 17. Chief Benedict said evacuation orders have been lifted for Westlake Village, parts of Agoura Hills, Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks; 101 freeway is reopened. Evacuations are still in place for Calabasas, portions of Montenegro and Topanga.
Annenberg Media has reporters in the field in Thousand Oaks, Malibu and other affected areas.
– Kaidi Yuan