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Woolsey Fire in Malibu explodes 70,000 acres 2 more deaths fight to save hillside communities

Woolsey Fire in Malibu explodes 70,000 acres 2 more deaths fight to save hillside communities

The Woolsey fire exploded to 70,000 acres overnight and has claimed two lives, destroyed scores of homes and forced 250,000 people to evacuate across a wide swath of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, officials said Saturday.

The fire spread in several directions, burning homes in Malibu, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks while threatening parts of Simi Valley, West Hills and numerous Ventura County communities. The fire has doubled in size since Friday afternoon.

Firefighters staged a furious battle overnight to save Pepperdine University in Malibu, where hundreds of students and staff were sheltering in place.

\"We have fuels that are in critical drought state right now,” L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told reporters at a Saturday morning news conference. “This is the sixth year of … drought in this region. Our firefighters ha
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