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It’s dusk, and the Santa Ana winds are whipping through the parking lot of the Thousand Oaks Teen Center.

Dan Porter is standing next to his parked car, looking at the smoke from the Woolsey fire drifting above the Santa Monica Mountains. He’s calm, in fact, especially calm for someone who doesn’t know whether some of that smoke could be from the mobile home he’s lived in for more than four decades.

There’s been a shift in shelter facilities in the Conejo Valley for evacuees from the Woolsey fire.

All of the shelters have been consolidated into one location, at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

With Santa Ana winds blowing in the region, firefighters had to deal with two new brush fires which popped up Monday morning, including one which closed Highway 118 in Simi Valley for more than two hours.

Both fires started just after 10 a.m.

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It wasn’t just hundreds of thousands of people forced to evacuate in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties due to the Woolsey and Hill brush fires.

Thousands of animals have also been impacted.

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Southern California Edison equips key pieces of electrical infrastructure with sensors and relays. When the sensor picks up a disturbance, it sends a signal to the relay to shut the power off.

According to a report that Southern California Edison filed with the California Public Utilities Commission, that’s what happened two minutes before the Woolsey fire was reported.

UPDATE: The fire in the Rocky Peak Road area, the Rocky Fire, has grown to 75 acres and caused a shutdown of the 118 freeway in the region.

With Santa Ana winds blowing in the region, Ventura County firefighters faced two new small brush fires which have popped up Monday morning.

A 15 acre blaze started in the Lynn Ranch area of Newbury Park just after 10 a.m. The Lynn Fire was on the 1200 block of Calle Las Casas. It burned in an open space area up against some home which are nearby.

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Firefighters now say their latest estimate is that the Woolsey brush fire in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties has destroyed 370 structures.

The 91,000 acre blaze is now 20% contained, with full containment projected for later this week.

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Evacuation orders were lifted Sunday night for some areas of Ventura County impacted by the Woolsey Fire.

Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for the area of Newbury Park bounded by Lynn Road, Portero Road west of Westlake Boulevard and south of Highway 101.

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Memorial service plans have been set for the Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant who died trying to stop the gunman who went on a rampage at a Thousand Oaks club last week.

Sergeant Ron Helus will be honored at a public service Thursday at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village. The noon service will be open to the public, but people are being advised to come early because of the large turnout expected.

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Santa Ana winds kicked up as predicted Sunday in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, but firefighters were able to keep the 85,000 acre Woolsey brush fire from growing substantially.

The massive blaze is 15% contained.  Air tankers and helicopters were used during the day to try to stem flareups of the fire, which was focused in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Hundreds of people in Ventura and Los Angeles counties have lost their homes due to the ferocious Woolsey Fire. 

Westlake Village resident Karen Anzalone said she was one of the victims. She lived with her son and mother in a mobile home park on Sherwood Drive, but the Woolsey Fire has reduced her home and the rest of her street to rubble.

“You just never think it’s going to happen to you,” she said.

Anzalone said she’ll miss some of her sentimental items.

“The hard thing is I have antiques for 40 years, so they’re all gone,” she said.

(Photo courtesy Captain Tim Gailey, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Firefighters are having to deal with strong Santa Ana winds Sunday as they continue to battle the massive 83,000 acre Woolsey brush fire in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.

The focus of the firefight is in the Santa Monica Mountains, where the fire is moving through rugged terrain dotted by ranches and homes.  More than 170 structures have been confirmed destroyed, but officials concede they expect the number to rise.

Firefighters made progress towards stopping the spread of the monster Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties Saturday, but warn a new round of wind could create new problems. The Woolsey fire remained at 70,000 acres burned Saturday, and crews gained 5% containment.

A massive brush fire burning in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties has grown to 70,000 acres, possibly destroying more than 150 homes.

The Woolsey Fire extends from the Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks areas south to the fringes of the San Fernando Valley, and west to Malibu.  Authorities are investigating two deaths in the Malibu area to see if they were a result of the fire.

Firefighters are trying to get a handle on the boundaries of the two major brush fires they are facing in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.  The rugged terrain complicates mapping efforts, but the acreage numbers are 70,000 acres for the Woolsey Fire, and 4500 acres for the Hill Fire as of 8 a.m. Saturday.

More than 200,000 people are impacted by mandatory evacuation orders.

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