A pair of fires raging out of control, fueled by high Santa Ana winds, has prompted the need for thousands of firefighters to go to the scene at the Los Angeles-Ventura County border, including officials from South Pasadena.
Assisting in the fight to save homes and other structures are four members from the South Pasadena Fire Department, including Captain Kris Saxon, Engineer Justin Furtado, and firefighter/paramedics J.C. Monticone and Scott McLellan.
Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to the two fires, the Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire.
The Woolsey Fire has burned more than 14,000 acres and continues to grow at the Los Angeles-Ventura County border.
The Hill Fire burning in the Santa Rosa Valley is Hill Canyon Road, west of Santa Rosa Road in Camarillo.
The crew from South Pasadena was sent to either the Woolsey or the Hill Fire, or both, according to local fire department officials.
As of early Friday afternoon, a total of 88,000 residents were evacuated from their homes-45,000 from Ventura County and 43,000 from L.A. County.
Authorities say the Woolsey Fire, the larger of the two fires, jumped the 101 Freeway at Chesebro Road at about 5:15 a.m. and established itself on the south side of freeway. As a result, the California Highway Patrol reports the freeway was closed in both directions at Liberty Canyon Road as the fire moved into a hill area, burning approximately six acres.
The containment at 2 p.m., Friday, is at 0 percent as resources move in to slow down the blaze. Multiple structures have been damaged and destroyed, say fire officials.
Continue to look for updates.