"The fires broke out less than 24 hours after a mass murder at a popular Thousand Oaks restaurant/bar, where the suspect killed 12 people including a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Ron Helus, before killing himself", Hoover said in a statement.
The Camarillo-area fire, dubbed the Hill Fire, was fed by 25- to 30-mph winds that pushed flames across Highway 101 and toward Pacific Coast Highway, Ventura County Firespokesman Mike Lindbery said Thursday night.
United States media reports that schools have also been closed and evacuated due to the fire, and animals have been moved out of the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.
"We are still reeling, but we are also very resilient", she said.
Cal Fire reports that the fires are being fueled by high winds and extremely dry conditions.
So far, 14,000 acres of land have been burned by the fires and that number keeps growing.
Many residents who live in the area of the Woolsey Fire are reporting being without power.
"Imminent threat!" the department said in its warning.
"While a lot of my yard and neighbors' yards burned, the firefighters saved our homes", Janic tweeted just after 2 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) Friday. She's been in the home since 2015.
Kourtney Kardashian also posted about the emergency on her Instagram story, writing, "I pray that everyone is kept safe and protested from these fires". Authorities said earlier the flames had destroyed multiple structures, though it was unclear how many, and it continued to threaten at least 30,000 homes in the two counties.
Responders are still assessing how many structures were lost, but the priority Friday was life safety and making sure people get evacauted from threatened areas, he said.
Video of her drive out of town shows the fire emitting an orange-red glow in the distance in the nighttime sky.
An 10,000 acre plus brush fire known as the Hill Fire is burning out of control on the Conejo Grade, north of Newbury Park.
Residents took to social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in Newbury Park, which borders Thousands Oaks to the west.
The Woolsey Fire appeared to be the more unsafe of the two blazes, and was burning south through the Kanan Road corridor toward Malibu and the ocean. The north and southbound lanes of the 101 freeway near Santa Rosa Road.