Breaking News- Woolsey Fire

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A tragedy is raging in the Ventura and Los Angeles counties this week, with two large fires burning the hillsides. On Thursday evening residents of Thousand Oaks and Oak Park were evacuated due to encroaching fires. Taft Charter High School was designated as an evacuation center with help from the American Red Cross. With 50 cots set up in the gym, residents of Ventura County came to Taft seeking care and shelter in this trying time. The Big Gym was only able to accommodate 120 people, but with many staying in their vehicles with their pets (pets were not allowed on campus unless they were kept in a crate), Taft provided shelter and services to over 200 residents, some of which were our own Taft Faculty and Staff with their families.

 

As the fires continued to burn this weekend, the entire communities of Malibu and Calabasas have been evacuated. With Taft at capacity for those taking shelter, schools in the surrounding area also opened their doors to families in need, with Pierce College opening up three building to house those who had been displaced. 

The smoke from the Malibu fire reaching over to the Pacific.

In the coming days, we hope that those affected by this tragedy find comfort and strength in their family and communities rallying behind them. With the fires still burning, it is important that we all remain vigilant and take great care. If you are looking for up to date information about the fire and evacuations, please see the LA Fire Department interactive map linked below.

LAFD Fire Line Interactive Map

If you would like to support those who have been affected please see the links provided by ABC7. Animals are especially impacted and vulnerable during emergencies. They need our help.

Links to support Woolsey Victims