The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, is among the structures under imminent threat from a new wildfire spreading rapidly through Southern California. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued this morning for Simi Valley and Moorpark, according to CBSN Los Angeles, as firefighters stepped up their efforts to contain the blaze.
Dramatic photos and videos posted to social media show just how dangerously close to the Reagan library the flames are getting. In some of the videos, the building appears to be under threat from both sides.
— CNN (@CNN) October 30, 2019
LIVE: Wildfire burns near the Reagan library in Simi Valley, California. https://t.co/M4dk0fkw1w
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) October 30, 2019
The fire is approaching the Ronald Reagan library. The library is filled with history and even a former Air Force One. God bless the first responders working to put it out. pic.twitter.com/lBO1v6NLUM
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) October 30, 2019
WATCH: The fast-moving 408-acre #EasyFire burns dangerously close to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Wednesday, as strong Santa Ana winds cause the fire to grow, officials say. Southern California is under an extreme red flag warning. pic.twitter.com/F1lI7GtE5T
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 30, 2019
As some social media observers are pointing out, the Reagan library contains many irreplaceable artifacts, including a Boeing airplane that was used as Air Force One during Reagan’s presidency.
Simi Valley’s Easy fire is one of several large wildfires currently burning throughout California and buoyed in recent days by dry conditions and strong winds. If you’re looking for ways to help victims of these fires, we’ve rounded up a list of resources here.