Fire officials say a flare-up from the Woolsey fire that broke out Tuesday morning does not pose an imminent threat.
The new fire, which sent thick plumes of smoke into the air, occurred in the overall fire perimeter in Boney Mountain, according to Ventura County Fire Capt. Stan Ziegler. The spot fire measures several hundred acres and is burning north and west of Malibu Canyon.
Residents of Hidden Valley and Lake Sherwood already had been evacuated, and the blaze was far from any homes.
Thanksgiving break came early for thousands of students in California, but the days off were no cause for celebration. Three school districts in Ventura County have closed to make repairs and clean up after the Woolsey fire swept through the area.
“We lost everything,” said Rachel Bailey after she stepped out of her Volvo SUV and saw what was left of her family’s four-bedroom home.
Bailey and her partner, David Carr, were vacationing in Mexico when the Woolsey fire broke out. They flew back Monday to see what was left of their street in the Oak Forest Mobile Estates in Westlake Village.
Home after home in Bailey’s pocket in the canyon was leveled.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said the Woolsey fire is among the largest blazes on record in the county dating back 100 years. The fire has torn through almost 150 square miles of the county land, from Bell Canyon to the Pacific Ocean in Malibu.
The devastation in Malibu Creek State Park is extensive.
Much of the landscape is charred black, although the campground and parking lots remain intact. The fire swept through the area at tremendous speed, turning much in its path into ash.