Third Fatality Linked to SoCal's Woolsey Fire Zone

Woolsey Fire Nov. 12 - H - 2018

The acreage burned is at 97,620. More than 483 structures have been destroyed.

A third body has been found in the Woolsey Fire zone, the Los Angeles County Corner's office confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday morning. The body was located Tuesday in the 32000 block of Lobo Canyon Road in Agoura Hills, authorities said. The body was found inside a burnt residence. 

That grim discovery brings the death toll up to three linked to the inferno which has ravaged Southern California for almost a week.

Earlier in the morning, authorities stated that the blaze was nearly half contained, but the number of structures destroyed in the Woolsey Fire increased to more than 483 and the number of structures damaged increased to 86. However, fire containment rose to 47 percent. The acreage burned also jumped to 97,620. Crews hope for full containment by Sunday. 

The previous two deaths linked to the fire remain under investigation by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.Multiple people have been hurt, including three firefighters. 

Mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect for Malibu and the communities of West Hills, Monte Nido, Gated Oaks and Topanga. Repopulation began Sunday night for Agoura Hills and Westlake Village residents. Full repopulation for Hidden Hills began Tuesday. Calabasas had limited areas reopen Tuesday.

The fire, which began around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, has displaced more than 250,000 people and destroyed vineyards, historical sites and homes, including residences of those in the industry such as actor Gerard Butler, director Scott Derrickson and musician Miley Cyrus.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the ongoing emergency response to the major fires burning in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Since the fire began, with the cause still under investigation, the flames have spread faster than any fire previously fought, fire officials have noted on multiple occasions. 

A number of stars have tried to help firefighters and evacuees by donating their time and money, including Lady Gaga and Dave Grohl. Countless other stars have implored their social media followers to donate to either victims' funds or firefighter foundations.