A wind-driven brush fire that broke out in Ventura County, west of Chatsworth, jumped the south side of the 101 Freeway near Calabasas early Friday morning and prompted authorities to order the evacuation of 75,000 homes in L.A. and Ventura counties. It’s one of two wildfires burning in the region.
The Woolsey Fire was zero percent contained as of 6 a.m. Friday after scorching at least 8,000 acres. Just after 5 a.m., the blaze jumped the southside of the 101 Freeway into the Calabasas area. The California Highway Patrol shut down a four-mile stretch of the 101 Freeway from Las Virgenes Road to Kanan Road.
CBS2 reporter Tom Wait described conditions on the ground as “apocalyptic,” as ember and ash rained down on the streets below.