In November 2018, the west San Fernando Valley was falling victim to the Woolsey wildfire, reaching into the valley in a way wildfires typically don’t take hold, that is, actually inside the West Valley area. Malibu had already fallen, Thousand Oaks and a huge area across the Ventura landscape and the fire was now crawling up the rim of the valley to the 118 freeway. Here are a few photos and some video from inside the area of the fire that spread into West Hills from the Friday evening when the Santa Ana winds were still blowing strong and the worst was far from over. Up close it looks majestic, but the damage is bigger than you can imagine.

This video capture is from inside the Woolsey Fire in West Hills, CA.