California wildfire leaves town in ruins, thousands flee

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

A group of US Forest Service firefighters monitor a back fire while battling to save homes at the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, US November 8, 2018.

Five people of the dead were found in cars in a town that was destroyed by the Camp Fire in the state's north.

Fire officials have issued evacuation notices for parts of Chico, a town of 93,000 people north of Sacramento.

McLean said that by the middle of the day, there was so much smoke in the air, it looked like it was nighttime.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference on Friday that the remains of five victims were found in or near burnt-out cars.

Smoke from the fire drifted in a huge plume and set off smoke alarms as far away as San Francisco, almost 150 miles away.

On Saturday, in Los Angeles County, the 14,164 hectares Woolsey Fire was threatening 75,000 homes and more than 200,000 people were under mandatory evacuation early on Saturday.

The fire is being driven west by 56km/h winds, fire officials said.

On Friday, Pepperdine University announced it was shutting down its campuses in Malibu and Calabasas due to the Woolsey fire, The Malibu Times reported.

The flames destroyed hundreds of homes, a hospital, a gas station, several restaurants and numerous vehicles in Paradise, officials said. At this point, firefighters are trying to save lives and not property, which should tell you all you need to know about how risky the situation is.

"Things started exploding", resident Gina Oviedo said.

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Flames consume a home as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise.

"Here we are just a few hours later talking now about another crisis right here in Thousand Oaks", Fox said, making the distinction that the shooting victims and their families had experienced a permanent loss. Drought-stricken fuels, Santa Ana wind conditions, low relative humidity, high temperatures: "it's a recipe for fire", said VCFD Assistant Chief Chad Cook, according the Ventura County Star.

"We're trying to get as many people out as quickly as possible and save as many lives as we can", he said.

He said another 35 people were missing and three firefighters had been injured.

On Thursday, acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the fire-stricken area in Northern California and requested a presidential disaster declaration, saying that risky weather conditions were expected to last several days.

"I just wonder how many people didn't make it, and how many older folks and people with children in their cars didn't make it", she said.

About two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious Southern California's wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home for many Hollywood celebrities.

A second fire has been burning in the Santa Rosa Valley east of Camarillo, west of Simi Valley near Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.

The Los Angeles county fire department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"

When Paradise was evacuated, the order set off a desperate exodus in which many motorists got stuck in gridlocked traffic and abandoned their vehicles to flee on foot.

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