The fire perimeter is about as big as Denver
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.
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.)