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As a wind-whipped inferno 14 miles wide crested the hills of Malibu, for thousands of residents, Pacific Coast Highway was the only way out.

But when the Woolsey Fire raced toward the ocean on November 9, turning canyon roads into ribbons of flames, the highway became snarled by the volume of cars fleeing south to Santa Monica. The Malibu Times reported that it took some drivers up to seven hours to travel 20 miles to safety, a trip that would normally take about an hour.

“Everybody in that 14-mile range was being evacuated, and there was a very small funnel for thousands of residents and people to get out,” California Highway Patrol Lt. Kevin Kurker told the Malibu City Council earlier this month.