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Highway 101 reopens in Woolsey Fire area

Get a helicopter’s view of the Woolsey Fire as it burns through Malibu’s Pacific Coast Highway

A Los Angeles County Firehawk helicopter shows the Woolsey Fire along Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway on Nov. 9, 2018.
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A Los Angeles County Firehawk helicopter shows the Woolsey Fire along Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway on Nov. 9, 2018.

Highway 101 has reopened between Agoura Hills and Calabasas, according to Caltrans District 7.

The highway was closed early Friday morning due to the Woolsey Fire, which broke out in Simi Valley on Thursday. The blaze quickly spread, threatening Malibu and other communities, and jumping Highway 101 in three places, according to the Los Angeles Times.

California Highway Patrol Lt. Kevin Kurker first announced the reopening during a Sunday morning press conference. While the highway remained closed through Sunday evening, it was open by 6:50 a.m. Monday, according to a tweet from Caltrans. The agency began reopening the highway late Sunday night.

Caltrans noted that offramps in the area from Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura Hills to Valley Circle Boulevard in Calabasas are still closed.

So far, the Woolsey Fire has burned 91,572 acres, killed two people and destroyed 177 homes as of Monday morning, according to Cal Fire. The blaze is 20 percent contained.

The smaller Hill Fire blaze, which began in Ventura County between Camarillo and Newbury Park on Thursday, has burned 4,531 acres and is 80 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Only a day after a shooting that left 12 dead and Ventura County reeling, area residents were forced to evacuate as a wildfire encroached on homes in Calabasas on November 9. Video shows Ventura County firefighters responding to protect houses.

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