SoCal's Woolsey Fire: 177 Structures Destroyed, 10 Percent Contained on Sunday

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The fire, which began around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, has burned more than 83,000 acres.

Firefighters made little progress on Saturday evening battling the Woolsey Fire as the Santa Ana winds have been treacherous. During a press conference on Sunday, authorities stressed that those under evacuation should not try to return home.  

The fire, which began around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, has burned more than 83,000 acres. As of Sunday morning, it was 10 percent contained. Two deaths have been linked to the fire and are under investigation. Three firefighters have been injured and 177 structures have destroyed. As of now, 57,000 structures are being threatened.  

Approximately 75,000 homes are impacted in the Woolsey Fire area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

"This is the most destructive and devastating fire that I've witnessed since the 1993 fires," said Malibu City Councilman Skylar Peak.

Authorities said the fire is spreading faster than any previous blaze. Strong winds were causing significant flare-ups Sunday morning.  

The mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect for the cities of Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Hidden Hills and the communities of West Hills, Monte Nido, Gated Oaks and Topanga.

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.

"We have the best firefighters and first responders in the country working in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable," he said in a statement. "We’re putting everything we’ve got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid."

He added, "To those who have lost friends and family members, homes and businesses, know that the entire state is with you. As Californians, we are strong and resilient, and together we will recover.”

Two people were found dead Saturday in Malibu. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the deaths.

Although evacuation orders have been lifted for certain areas in Ventura County, Los Angeles County officials on Sunday morning warned residents affected by Woolsey to not to return to their homes. "The evacuation zones have not been rendered clear or safe by first responders," authorities said. 

A Red Flag warning is in effect through Tuesday night. 

Authorities have been on the lookout for looters. Some arrests have been made. 

The state has enacted the Emergency Management Assistance Compact to request assistance from other states, and 153 fire engines are on their way from surrounding states to combat the Hill and Woolsey fires.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday told The Hollywood Reporter, "I think the Departmental people are professionals and in our experiences have been good in getting us the reimbursements and the federal assistance. Even if some things get politicized at the very top with snarky comments from the president.”