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That's the view from the front door of koganuts's house. It's also the view we had while trying to drive up the 101 to Woodland Hills last night. Traffic was abysmal. There's a risk of things getting worse today:
With shifty and unpredictable winds expected to gust to 25 mph today, firefighters were hoping to prevent the blaze from spreading. In particular, they hoped to contain one end of the blaze from moving into the Santa Clarita valley, or from crossing the Ventura Freeway at another end. Traditionally, when large fires have reached that point, they have burned a trail to the Pacific Ocean.
However, freeway closures from yesterday are open this morning. LA Observed, Franklin Avenue and the always informative LAFD blog are talking about the fires.
Update: While the 101 and the 118 are still open, there is fear now that the fires, which now have burned 17,000 acres, will reach those freeways and the LAFD and other fire workers are fighting hard to keep that from happening. The Daily News is keeping track of evacuation notices for the Cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Thousand Oaks.
Also, here are the evacuation centers. Canoga Park High School also is coordinating evacauations for pets and animals as well.