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Hill, Woolsey fires threaten Southern California




The Woolsey Fire is seen looking towards the west valley area on November 9, 2018 in Porter Ranch, California. About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to two fires in the region.
The Woolsey Fire is seen looking towards the west valley area on November 9, 2018 in Porter Ranch, California. About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to two fires in the region.
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Fast-growing fires along the 101 freeway are forcing evacuations in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

The two separate fires, Hill and Woolsey, are being fueled by strong Santa Ana winds and have destroyed homes and closed freeways. The Hill fire first broke out yesterday just after 2 p.m and was followed shortly after by the Woolsey fire. Mandatory evacuations have been enacted from the Ventura County to Malibu Canyon, including Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village.

We check in with city officials and reporters to get the latest.

Guests:

Tom Kruschke, PIO, Ventura County Fire Department

Captain Tony Imbrenda, PIO for the Woolsey Fire, from the Los Angeles Fire Department

Captain Eric Scott, PIO for the Woolsey fire  

Scott McLean, deputy chief with CalFire

William D Koehler, Mayor of Agoura Hills

Susan Dueñas, City of Malibu public safety manager

Laura Rosenthal, councilmember, city of Malibu

Hans Laetz, general manager of RadioMalibu KBUU 99.1

Emily Sawicki, managing editor of the Malibu Times; she tweets @emily_sawicki

Brian Cummings, retired Fire Chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department

Caleigh Wells, reporter for KPCC

John Sepulvado, host of The California Report on KQED, our sister NPR affiliate in San Francisco

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, education correspondent at KPCC, currently covering the fire in Malibu; he tweets @AGuzmanLopez

Emily Dugdale, reporter for KPCC

Mark Schwartz, environmental science professor at UC Davis where he studies fire ecology, climate change and response

Marti Witter, fire ecologist for the National park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Daniel Swain, climate scientist at UCLA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research; he tweets @Weather_West

Jo Kay Ghosh, health effects officer at the South Coast Air Quality Management District

Karin Grennan, Media Relations Manager, at Cal Lutheran University