The Woolsey Fire Begins
On November 8, 2018, the Woolsey fire erupted near Simi Valley, California in the Santa Susana Mountains and quickly spread to nearby towns of Westlake Village and Agoura Hills before jumping the Ventura freeway and making its way in a southerly direction through the Santa Monica Mountains, ultimately burning large swathes of Malibu and ending at the Pacific Ocean. Caused by the Santa Ana winds downing Southern California Edison power lines, the fire burned for two weeks before it was declared 100 percent contained on November 21st, 2018. In total, just shy of 97,000 acres were burned in its wake—including over 1,600 structures—making it one of the most destructive fires in California history. The burned area is so vast that even with the elevated perspective that aerial photography provides, it is difficult to really comprehend and see the scale of the destruction from above.