Long queues are being formed in California evacuation centers when hundreds of thousands of residents are forced out of their homes while fleeing the savage forest fires sweeping the state.
At least nine people have died and 35 are missing in massive forest fires in Northern California, while in Southern California thousands of homes are under threat and all Malibu is evacuated as two other fires decrease.
More than 300,000 people from all over the state have been forced to flee their homes, such as the fast-moving flames of fires that all started racing on Thursday to cover more than 200 square miles.
Evacuation warnings left more than 300,000 people in California who were looking for protection against forest fires. Pepperdine students can be seen in the campus dining room on Friday
A man and his dog are sleeping in a parking lot in a parking space while awaiting the fate of their home
Armed by the infamous Santa Ana gusts that spring up to 60 mph, the southern fires have not killed or injured anyone, but they have destroyed many homes and forced thousands of people to flee their short-term lives – including many celebrities living in the rich. enclaves on the coast are threatened.
The largest of the two southern fires, the Woolsey Fire, has been scorched to at least 35,000 acres north of Los Angeles since igniting near Rocketdyne around 14:00 local time Thursday, quickly spreading southwest toward Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.
The American Red Cross and other organizations are struggling to open evacuation centers across the affected areas because people have been told to leave their homes because of the looming fire.
In Ventura County, some of those shelters were filled until Thursday, with space that slowly opened Friday as people found alternative accommodation.
Pepperdine students are seen here in the corridors, waiting for everything
Pet owners flocked to the Zuma beach in Malibu to escape the forest fires
At least nine people have died and 35 are missing in massive forest fires in Northern California, while in Southern California thousands of homes are under threat
The Thousand Oaks Teen Center was hosted as 250 evacuees, the American Red Cross told the Ventura County Star.
People who could not get into evacuation centers or hotels sought refuge in their cars, cafes and even the beach.
Evacuees Steven and Karen Hansen, from Oak Park, told the VC Star that they had left their home on Thursday at 10 o'clock and went to friend's house in Thousand Oaks to be evacuated there 45 minutes later.
At that time, Steven said, they decided to just go to the Thousand Oaks Teen Center instead of trying to jump home from home.
However, long queues of people waiting to get into the Teen Center left them no choice but to stay in their SUV overnight, do naps and view the images of their home on their cell phones, looking for signs of fire. They were lucky because their house was not affected.
Meanwhile, the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center of Simi Valley saw about 180 evacuees descending on it.
In Woodland Hills, evacuees were crammed into a local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf location and used as a temporary shelter, where they could view security images of their homes on their cell phones and laptops at night after they & # 39; overnight in their car or family home, to Los Angeles Daily News.
More than 150 people filled the shelter of the Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills, which was set up by the Red Cross, until Thursday night.
Among residents of Taft were residents of elderly care facilities in the nearby Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, who had received evacuation orders from the police on Thursday evening midnight.
Malibu's Zuma Beach, meanwhile, was where many people fled with their animals in tow, set up chairs next to their car's and led their dogs on the sand while the sirens of the fire engines could be heard in the distance, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The Malibu Zoo also succeeded in evacuating its animals and bringing them to the beach.
A spokesman for the Red Cross said that from Friday at 10 am, 722 people and an indeterminate number of large animals were housed in various shelters in the state.
For more information or to donate money, go to www.redcross.org or call 1-800-Red-Cross.