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Woolsey Fire map: See where the wildfire is burning

The Woolsey Fire reaches the ocean along Pacific Coast Highway, near Malibu, on Friday.

The fire perimeter is about as big as Denver

The Woolsey Fire broke out Thursday afternoon near Simi Valley, and by Tuesday afternoon, it had consumed an estimated 97,114 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The size of the fire now measures more than 150 square miles, Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Chief Daryl Osby said Tuesday morning—roughly the size of the city of Denver.

Fueled on Friday by low humidity and gusty winds, the fire tore through Malibu and neighboring canyon communities, as well as parts of the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of West Hills. Mandatory evacuations have been lifted in West Hills and parts of Calabasas but remain in place in Malibu and Topanga. Containment is now at 40 percent.

As images of smoldering houses suggest, there has been “significant structural loss,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Chief Daryl Osby said Friday afternoon.

It is estimated that 435 buildings have been destroyed, but that number could increase as officials continue to assess neighborhoods.

The path and perimeter of a fast-moving wildfire can be difficult to track. But with the help of a couple of maps, it’s easier to see where this fire is burning and get a handle on how much the two counties have been affected in just a short amount of time.

(Click here for live updates of the Woolsey Fire as it tears through Los Angeles.)

The map immediately below is a Los Angeles Fire Department map that shows the fire’s massive perimeter as well as mandatory and voluntary evacuation zones.

The shaded yellow area represents the perimeter of the volatile fire. Mandatory evacuation zones are outlined in red; far fewer are the orange sections, which represent voluntary evacuation zones.

Below is a map created by ABC7 using information from the California Office of Emergency Services, which tracks active wildfires in the state. (It takes about a minute to load.)

Evacuation orders finally lifting in Malibu, sheriff calls devastation ‘heartbreaking’

Destroyed houses are seen with the Santa Monica Mountains in the background on Monday in Malibu.

The blaze, which has singed more than 97,000 acres, from beaches to the Valley, is now 40 percent contained

Forced out of their neighborhoods since Friday, residents in parts of Malibu were allowed to return Tuesday evening, as Santa Ana winds diminished and firefighters continued to wrestle control of the Woolsey Fire.

The mandatory evacuation order, which had been in effect for five days, was lifted in eastern Malibu, from Coastline to Carbon Mesa Road, and from the ocean to the northern city limits.

Residents returning to Malibu will find dozens of homes, mansions and mobile homes alike, flattened or reduced to rubble. Canyon terrain, once golden and brown, is now gray and black.

Since blowing south from Ventura into Los Angeles early Friday morning, the Woolsey Fire has torched 97,114 acres in the two counties.

It has destroyed at least 435 homes and buildings, from the beaches to the San Fernando Valley, and two people, who officials now believe were trying to flee flames in Malibu, have died. In the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, 83 percent of all National Parks Service land has burned.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, who surveyed the area by air this morning, called the devastation “heartbreaking.” In his three-decade career, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said he’s only witnessed devastation on this scale in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The size of the fire—more than 150 square miles, according to Osby—is astounding. But firefighters, who have endured erratic wind and steep terrain, have managed to get containment to 40 percent.

Evacuation orders have already been lifted in Hidden Hills, parts of Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, and West Hills in the San Fernando Valley.

(This map shows current evacuation statuses for Los Angeles County.)

Authorities have urged residents still under evacuation to exercise patience.

“I can’t even relate to being evacuated this long, but we’ll let you go back when it’s safe,” Osby said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has warned residents who live in communities that are still under mandatory evacuation orders to resist the urge to return home.

Even in areas where flames are no longer active, there are downed power lines and trees, smoldering embers that could reignite, limited to no cell service, and dangerous air quality.

“We ask people: Do not go back to those areas,” says Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department chief John Benedict. “Quite frankly, it’s still not safe.”

(A full, up-to-date list of evacuation areas and evacuation centers is listed at the end of this story.)

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A firefighter puts out burning embers at the Malibu RV Park along Pacific Coast Highway on Saturday.

Authorities are also telling residents pockets of Malibu to either use bottled water or to boil water for 1 minute to kill bacteria before drinking, brushing teeth, and cooking.

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The remains of a beachside home in Point Dume.

Driven by powerful Santa Ana winds, the Woolsey Fire blew south from Ventura County over the 101 freeway into Los Angeles early Friday morning, unleashing a barrage of flames on Malibu.

“The fire was burning like a torch or flame thrower across the freeway,” KTLA’s Eric Spillman reported. “There were people on the freeway doing U-turns and driving back the way they came from, in darkness with smoke all the way around them. It was just remarkable.”

“The fire was traveling so fast. The [California Highway Patrol] couldn’t keep up with it. We couldn’t keep up with it,” he said.

Los Angeles County Chief Deputy David Richardson said the fire’s front was 14 miles wide as it crested the hills at Liberty Canyon Road, wide enough that it blew over the Malibu Canyon Road and Decker Road corridors simultaneously.

“I’ve been in this business for over 32 years, I have never…. ever seen fire activity [like that],” he said.

(Woolsey Fire map: See where the wildfire is burning in Ventura, Los Angeles)

The Woolsey fire burns homes in Malibu on Friday.

At 10 a.m. Friday, the city of Malibu issued a citywide mandatory evacuation order, then released a statement two hours later, saying the “fire is now burning out of control and heading into populated areas of Malibu.” Residents were told to evacuate immediately.

It quickly wreaked havoc on the Santa Monica Mountains, as well the residential neighborhoods of Malibu West, Point Dume, Zuma Canyon, and Malibu Lake.

And as it ripped south toward the coastline, it created apocalyptic scenes.

Residents used the iconic Pacific Coast Highway to flee toward Santa Monica. Parking lots at Zuma Beach were turned into evacuation zones for llamas and other large animals; striking photos show horses on the sand, smoke billowing over the ocean behind them.

Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area reported around noon Friday that Western Town at Paramount Ranch, where Westworld was filmed, had burned (though the church is apparently still standing).

(Historic adobe, Paramount Ranch, M*A*S*H set burn in Malibu fire.)

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Llamas tied to a lifeguard stand on the beach Friday in Malibu.
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Scorched hillsides and damaged power lines are seen along the Pacific Coast Highway near Leo Carrillo State Beach on Saturday.
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Flames overtake the Reagan Ranch, once owned by President Ronald Reagan, at Malibu Creek State Park on Friday.

Approximately 3,500 students sheltered-in-place overnight at Pepperdine University, and remained there Sunday.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles County Coroner reported that it was investigating the deaths of two people on Mulholland Highway in Malibu, an area that burned. The bodies were found “severely burned inside of a stopped vehicle.”

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Commander Scott Gage says detectives believe the driver “may have become disoriented while evacuating” and was “overcome by fire.”

Malibu Wines, a popular wine tasting spot that hosts “safari tours” of its ranch and vineyard, reports that it “lost a considerable portion” of its barns and facilities, but its employees and most of its animals, including the giraffe Stanley, are safe.

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The Woolsey Fire approaches homes in Malibu on Friday.
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A massive smoke plume, powered by strong winds, rises above the the Woolsey Fire in Malibu.

North of the 101 freeway, flames swept into the Valley community of West Hills late on Friday night, and evacuation centers were set up in Woodland Hills, Pacific Palisades, and Topanga.

In Ventura, one evacuation center, the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, served as a family reunification site earlier this week in the wake of a mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill, where 13 people were killed.

“This last 48 hours, 72 hours in Ventura County have been a difficult time,” said Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy. “People lost their lives in the shooting and now people have lost their homes.”

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Trees burn at the entrance to El Matador Beach on Friday.
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Resident Brett Hammond evacuates in Malibu as the Woolsey Fire approaches Friday.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service warned early on that the fire could spread rapidly because of gusty winds, low humidity, and “critically dry fuels,” including brush and vegetation.

At multiple points throughout the day Friday, the Los Angeles County Fire Department had to down water-dropping aircraft because of the wind and low visibility, said Osby.

“Our firefighters have been facing some extreme, tough fire conditions that they’ve said they’ve never seen in their lives,” he said.

Evacuations in Los Angeles County

Evacuations lifted

  • Agoura Hills: Lifted in all areas outside the Liberty Canyon area. Within Liberty Canyon, evacuations have lifted east of Cornell Road, west of Las Virgenes Road, north of Mulholland Highway, and south of Agoura Road.
  • Calabasas: The only areas still under evacuation are those south of Mulholland Highway
  • Hidden Hills: Fully lifted
  • Eastern Malibu: Lifted west of Coastline Drive and east of Carbon Mesa Road
  • Topanga: Lifted in sections east of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, west of Double Ranch or Santa Maria Road, north of Viewridge Road, and south of the LA County border
  • Westlake Village: Lifted in city limits on the west, from the intersection of Westlake Boulevard and Sycamore Canyon Drive, north to the Ventura County line and city of Agoura Hills boundaries

There’s a full closure at Tuna Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway. Evacuation orders remain in effect for neighborhoods north of PCH and Tuna Canyon Road.

— Associate editor Bianca Barragan, urbanism editor Alissa Walker, and reporter Elijah Chiland contributed to this report.

This story will be updated.

Historic adobe, Paramount Ranch, M*A*S*H set burn in Malibu fire

Paramount Ranch, where a number of Hollywood westerns have been filmed, is seen after it was decimated by fire.

Paramount Ranch, where “Westworld” was filmed, was decimated

The Woolsey Fire’s path of destruction was indiscriminate. Just off Mulholland Highway, the blaze seared the bridge off Troutdale Road and nearly obliterated Peter Strauss Ranch. Flames danced dangerously close to the Old Place—but ultimately, the tiny steakhouse was spared.

As the wildfire ravaged the canyons of Malibu and marched north through Agoura Hills and Calabasas on Friday, it wiped out celebrities’ mansions and mobile homes in equal measure.

Beloved neighborhood fixtures, including the Rock Store and Neptune’s Net, survived, while historic sites like the Sepulveda Adobe, built in 1863 and still in the process of being restored after being damaged by the Northridge earthquake, is now a smoldering shell.

Below is a list of local landmarks, places cemented in popular culture, and resplendent homes located in the fire’s march from the Valley to the sea. The Malibu area in particular holds a wealth of famous houses designed by such pioneering designers as Frank Gehry and John Lautner. The potential for architectural loss is enormous. Malibu is not a cookie-cutter city.

With these areas still under mandatory evacuation orders, it’s still too soon to know every property’s status. The list will be updated as more information becomes available.

Agoura Hills

  • Peter Strauss Ranch: An historic ranch with a concert area that dates to the 1930s was a popular destination for live music. The ranch’s buildings have been destroyed, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Vives.
  • The Old Place: The cozy steakhouse still stands, per Instagram.
  • The Rock Store: The old stagecoach-stop-turned-motorcycle-haunt is still standing, per this Facebook post.
  • Western Town at Paramount Ranch: The studio’s faux western town was almost completely burned. A popular set for filmmakers in the 1930s, it is today best known as the backdrop for Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and HBO’s Westworld. CBS LA’s John Schreiber photographed the movie ranch after the flames were extinguished; only the church survived.
  • Morrison Ranch House: A century-old ranch house featured in films including “Of Mice and Men” and “The Durango Kid” has been completely destroyed, according to the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority.


  • ‘A Star Is Born’ House: The 1970s post and beam was designed by Doug Rucker and renovated by Staples Center architect Dan Meis. Status unknown.
  • Saddle Peak Lodge: No damage, reported the restaurant on Facebook.
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Flames overtake the Reagan Ranch, once owned by President Ronald Reagan, at Malibu Creek State Park on Friday.


  • Adamson House: Board vice president Jules Hershfeld confirms the historic property—a tilework masterpiece and the first beach house in Malibu—was not damaged. “All the artifacts were however, removed for safety and they will be brought back in time for our opening to the public on November 23,” he says.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arch Oboler Complex: Located “high up on a ridge” above Mulholland, the “vocabulary that Wright used here is directly related to his 1939 Sturges House in West Los Angeles and his Pauson House (1940) north of Phoenix,” says architectural historian Bob Inman. Status unknown.
  • Frank Gehry’s Borman House: A playfully designed “beach bunker” on ritzy Broad Beach. Status unknown.
  • Frank Gehry’s Tin House: An early Gehry work, it’s also known as the Ron Davis House, as the dwelling was built for the abstract painter. Clad in corrugated galvanized steel and exposed plywood. Status unknown.
  • Craig Ellwood’s Pierson House: A modern box on PCH that had been recently restored. Status unknown.
  • Herbert Kameon’s DeVault Residence: Thislittle slice of heaven” is believed to be Kameon’s first residential commission. Status unknown.
  • Duke’s: No damage to the beachfront restaurant, according to the Malibu Times.
  • Getty Villa: The Villa is not threatened, according to a blog post on its site, and all art and archives are secure. The museum remains closed to visitors, but the property is being used to house and feed firefighters and first responders working in the area.
  • Malibu Country Mart: The shopping and dining complex suffered no damage, a representative confirmed to the Malibu Times.
  • Malibu Pier: No damage, according to the Malibu Times.
  • Neptune’s Net: The iconic seaside fish market and biker bar has not been damaged, according to the Malibu Times.
  • Paradise Cove Cafe: The beachfront bar and restaurant was saved, per the cafe’s Facebook post.
  • Shangri-La recording studio: Built in the 1970s to the specifications of The Band and Bob Dylan, the Zuma Beach recording studio is owned by Rick Rubin, co-president of Columbia Records. Status unknown.
  • The Peach House: The most famous structure of Barbra Streisand’s multi-mansion Malibu estate, which she donated to the state as open space, has been completely lost, according to the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority. Four other buildings were saved in what is now known as Ramirez Canyon Park.
  • Wave House: The striking copper-roofed home that juts out onto Nicholas Canyon Beach was designed by Harry Gesner, who completed a number of other iconic beach houses in the area, including his own home, Sandcastle House, and Eagle’s Watch (which had previously been destroyed by a fire). “As far as his own house [and] the Wave House... all good,” reports Lisa Stoddard via email. “The others, I don’t know.”
  • 747 Wing House: Made from a decommissioned 747 jet, the home was designed by David Hertz in 2011. Status unknown.
  • Pepperdine University: On a tense Friday night, 3,500 students sheltered in place as flames licked at the Malibu school’s edge. Some outbuildings were lost, but the campus designed by William Pereira and Associates in 1973, was not damaged, thanks to a heightened response from firefighters. Due to the fire risk in the area, buildings are fireproof and 500 acres of the university’s property are left in their natural state and regularly cleared of brush, creating a firebreak.
  • John Lautner’s Stevens’ House: Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, the striking concrete home features a roof “composed of two... curved concrete shells.” Status unknown.
  • Thelma Todd Beach House: Reportedly still standing. A resident who lives nearby tells Esotouric on Twitter that the area immediately surrounding the beach house has not been impacted.

Malibu Canyons

  • Sepulveda Adobe: The 155-year-old adobe (pictured above) has been reduced to “just a shell,” per Barbara Tejada, an archeologist with California State Parks. The adobe was built in 1863 by homesteaders who raised 12 children in the dwelling and grew corn, beans, potatoes, turnips, and onions on the surrounding land, near Las Virgenes Creek. The adobe survived the Northridge earthquake and was only just recently restored.
  • M*A*S*H set: A replica of the set from the TV series M*A*S*H that’s become a popular hiking destination in Malibu Creek State Park has been destroyed by fire (the original set was burned in a brush fire in 1982). “People don’t realize they’ve been watching movies all their lives that took place here,” Tim Johnston, a retired firefighter and park docent, told the Los Angeles Times. “Their mom’s been watching all her life. Even their grandma has been watching all her life.”
  • Blandings House: A Colonial Revival home built in 1947 to film the 1948 comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is used as offices for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Status unknown.
  • King Gillette Ranch: The Spanish Colonial complex designed by Wallace Neff in 1929 is now a visitors’ center that’s home to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy offices. The center is closed but has not suffered damage.
  • Malibu Hindu Temple: The gleaming white temple was built by Hindu workers in the 1980s. The temple is unscathed, according to its website: “Temple standing as tall as always in the middle of many other structures destroyed in and around the Temple.”
  • Calamigos Ranch: The beautiful wedding venue and longtime community fixture had been reported lost by FOX LA but the owner later confirmed the property has been saved.
  • Malibu Wines and Saddle Rock Ranch: The popular Mulholland Highway vineyard and animal park shared images to Instagram reporting it has lost multiple structures and is still looking for some animals. Malibu Cafe is still standing.
  • Reagan Ranch: The former president’s property, now part of Malibu Creek State Park, is shown in a Getty Image photo with flames encroaching on the ranch.
  • Camp Hess Kramer and Camp Hilltop: At two summer camps owned by the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, most of the buildings have been destroyed, reports NBC Los Angeles. Over 200 students attending a retreat at the camp were evacuated on Thursday.

Thousand Oaks

  • Case Study House No. 28: The last Case Study house to be built by Arts & Architecture magazine was completed in Thousand Oaks in 1966. Architects Buff & Hensman created two symmetrical wings joined by glass galleries. Joanne Martinez, who grew up around the corner from the house, tells Curbed the home is not in danger. “I’m still in touch with neighbors there and can tell you that the entire neighborhood is safe at this time.”
  • Guillermo del Toro’s “Bleak House”: The director owns two mansions decked out with horror film props and ephemera to inspire him while he works. He tweeted that he’d evacuated and his collection was “endangered,” but Saturday confirmed the house was still standing.
This February 12, 2009 photo shows buildings at the old Rocketdyne facility, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

Simi Valley and Simi Hills

  • Santa Susana Field Laboratory: The former Rocketdyne laboratory was badly damaged by fire and concerns about radioactive waste at the nuclear research facility have surfaced. State Senator Henry Stern promised at a town hall on Sunday to urge governor-elect Gavin Newsom to order an independent investigation to determine if toxins were released by flames.
  • Ulmar House: An eclectic 1939 house built by architect Terry Ulmar. Status unknown.

Westlake Village

  • Frank Gehry’s Sirmai-Peterson House: A model of the home was among those acquired by the Getty Research Institute in 2017. Status unknown.

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