The Woolsey Fire that has ravaged Malibu and several other communities in Southern California has been fully contained, Cal Fire authorities said Wednesday.
In a video statement commemorating the containment, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors chair Sheila Kuehl pledged continuing support to people displaced by the fire.
“Our hearts are broken after this disaster of historic proportions. We are also filled with gratitude for our first responders because without their life-saving actions, the toll would have been far worse,” Kuehl said. “Now the county is ready to assist, in every way possible, those who have been affected. On behalf of the county of Los Angeles, we thank you for your patience, for your courage, and for your resilience.”
“There’s a long road ahead, but we will be with you every step of the way,” she continued.
The fire, which began Nov. 8, has burned almost 97,000 acres, destroyed or damaged more than 2,000 structures, and is believed to have killed three people. More than 295,000 people were evacuated in what is being called the worst Los Angeles County wildfire in modern history. It has affected the Thousand Oaks, Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura and Hidden Hills areas of Southern California.
County authorities say more than 1,000 households have been helped at disaster assistance centers established in Malibu and Agoura Hills. The centers will be closed on Thanksgiving but will reopen this Friday at 10 a.m.
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