Woolsey Fire spreads to 97,114 acres on sixth day; flare-up near Lake Sherwood
SkyFOX flew over a new Woolsey Fire flare-up around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Lake Sherwood area (FOX 11 photo).
(FOX 11) - Firefighters on Tuesday were focusing on the containment line of the Woolsey Fire and battling a new flare-up in Ventura County.
On Tuesday evening, Cal Fire said the wildfire had burned 97,114 acres and containment increased to 40 percent with full containment expected by Sunday.
SkyFOX flew over a major flare-up around 9:30 a.m. in the Lake Sherwood area:
The flare-up was originally estimated at about 50 acres but grew rapidly, eventually reaching an estimated 1,000 acres.
"The wind is currently pushing the fire up and away from the populated areas... but we are not out of the woods yet," Ventura County Fire Department Chief Mark Lorenzen said during a press conference of the flare-up.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley areas. Some evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but fire officials warned residents to stay vigilant among the gusty winds.
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Crews planned to focus Tuesday on putting out hot spots, as the Santa Ana winds were expected to remain in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
The National Weather Service continued its Red Flag Warning through 5 p.m. Wednesday for the Woolsey Fire area.
An estimated 435 homes and buildings have been destroyed by the blaze, and 57,000 other structures remained threatened, Cal Fire said.
An Instagram user shared a timelapse video of the Woolsey Fire, as seen from Venice Beach:
Two people have died and three firefighters have been injured battling the blaze, part of an outbreak of wildfires on both ends of the state.
At least 48 people were confirmed dead in a wildfire burning in the Northern California town of Paradise and outlying areas, making it the deadliest blaze in state history.
Southern California Edison is being investigated by state regulators for its possible role in the massive Woolsey Fire. According to the California Public Utilities Commission, electrical infrastructure may have suffered malfunctions near ground zero of the blazes.
On Thursday, SCE issued an alert to the CPUC that a substation circuit near the Woolsey Fire origin "relayed," or sensed a disturbance on the circuit, just two minutes before Cal Fire said that the devastating fire began.
The Federal Aviation Administration sent a tweet out reminding drone operators that they could face severe civil penalties and potential criminal prosecution for flying drones over fire areas.
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