Southern California fires force evacuation of Malibu


Paradise, which has a population of 26,000, has also been struck badly, with the blaze having grown to almost 140sq miles and destroyed around 6,500 structures.

The massive blaze spread north Friday, prompting officials to order the evacuation of Stirling City and Inskip, two communities north of Paradise along the Sierra Nevada foothills.

The Woolsey blaze was also burning in parts of Los Angeles County, where mandatory evacuation orders were given Friday morning south of U.S. Highway 101, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Reportedly, at least nine people in a mountain town.

Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said Paradise is no longer standing.

Fueled by winds, the wildfire jumped ridges from Pulga to Concow and down into Paradise, a town of 26,000 people about 85 miles north of Sacramento.

Paradise: Cassie Lerossignol hugs as coworker as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to two fires in the region.

Some 2,000 firefighters were battling the flames as helicopters and airplanes made water and fire retardant drops.

Five people have died during massive wildfires in the U.S. state of California, a representative of the Butte County Sheriff's office told Sputnik. "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the road between Paradise and Chico. The message I want to get out is: "If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate". Evacuation centers were set up at Palisades High School and at Taft High School in Woodland Hills.

Even so, TV reports show homes, palm trees and even power poles erupting in flames.

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"Things started exploding", Oviedo said. "Multiple cars, vehicles left in the roadway burned out".

A vintage vehicle rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018. Flames were feet away, smoke was thick, cars weren't moving and people were panicking. Other were found in or near homes.

"We are still reeling, but we are also very resilient", she said.

"It's very chaotic", said Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol.

The blaze adds to what is already one of the worst fire years ever in California.

In a statement, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said: "The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire".

Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from on Thursday morning. "It's that kind of devastation". I've linked to both of them and provided descriptions below.

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.

Fire officials couldn't estimate how many buildings were lost from the so-called Woolsey Fire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but said they were expected to be significant.

Some of the hospital's 'outbuildings, ' such as out-patient clinics caught fire and were damaged but the main hospital was not, said Kinney. But winds are blamed for pushing the fire through scenic canyon communities and ridgetop homes.