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.
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
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
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
Jo Kay Ghosh, health effects officer at the South Coast Air Quality Management District
Karin Grennan, Media Relations Manager, at Cal Lutheran University