A California fire official says six major fires are burning around the state, and characterized three of them as "critical". According to Ventura County Fire Department, the county and Los Angeles County have been evacuated or are being evacuated of 148,000 residents.
The entire city of Malibu was under evacuation orders after officials said one of the blazes jumped Highway 101 and appeared headed straight for the Pacific Ocean.
People reported much of the community of 30,000 people has gone up in flames, including homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement centre.
Known as the Camp Fire, the blaze is burning in Butte County, in central California north of the state capital Sacramento.
The fire, as officials expected, continued to spread to nearby towns, including the city of Chico. We haven't been told to evacuate just yet but Willow is nervous so she made me go outside and look make a daddy assessment.
More than 2,200 firefighters were battling the blaze, backed up by helicopters and water tankers.
'Things started exploding, ' said resident Gina Oviedo. "Multiple cars, vehicles left in the roadway burned out". "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours".
A cross is among the rubble of the Our Savior Lutheran Church Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Paradise, California.
Thick gray smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.
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Garner said crews, who are leaving early Saturday morning, definitely have Burchett on their minds. Among those evacuated were all of the patients at the Feather River Hospital in Paradise. Some buildings caught fire and were damaged but the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokeswoman Jill Kinney said.
"If you're in an affected area and have been ordered to evacuate, evacuate, " the statement said.
Rainn Wilson, former star of The Office, said on Twitter he had been evacuated, and Roma Downey, wife of The Apprentice producer Mark Burnett posted that she was "Pulling out of my driveway with my two big dogs in the back".
He estimated the Camp Fire burned a couple of thousand structures to the ground. All of the people were found dead in their cars, which were "overcome by the Camp Fire", the sheriff said.
Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from Thursday morning.
"They had us in like a caravan", Napoli said. "We're anxious sick. They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times".
Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom has requested an emergency presidential disaster declaration from Trump to speed the flow of federal aid to victims.
In Southern California, winds that drove the flames through bone-dry hills and canyons near Los Angeles were expected to die down until Sunday, before building again to 35 miles per hour with even higher gusts, forecasters predicted.
At one burned-out house, flames still smoldered inside what appeared to be a weight room.