At least 1,000 structures destroyed by fast-moving fire in Northern California

California wildfire destroys homes, hospital; deaths reported

In Northern California, at least five people were killed in the Camp fire, which destroyed the community of Paradise, near Chico.

People in Paradise, like so many in California, have become accustomed to wildfires, and many said they were well prepared.

A wind-driven brush fire that broke out in Ventura County, west of Chatsworth, has prompted authorities to order the evacuation of 75,000 homes in L.A. and Ventura counties. So you take it personally and we haven't really had time to reflect.

Some of the evacuation orders were for residents within the City of Los Angeles in the West Hills area.

Paradise, almost 145 kilometers north of Sacramento, was home to more than 26,000 residents, according to its website.

"There's nothing left standing", said Scott Maclean, the state's forestry and fire protection spokesman.

A firefighter drags a hose as he battles the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.

The fire broke out on Thursday north west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the United States 101 freeway early on Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains. The area burned is more than 2.3 times the size of San Francisco (47 square miles). We're just trying to take care of people.

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"We're just hoping that our brand new home that we were hoping to move into tomorrow is not burned to the ground", Winstead said.

An evacuation center was established at Taft High School at 5461 Winnetka Ave.in Woodland Hills.

Thousands had to flee their homes in California wildfire. "All residents must evacuate now". Miller at first scoffed at the notion of getting back in a vehicle.

Many abandoned their cars on the side of the road, fleeing on foot. "Multiple cars, vehicles left in the roadway burned out". "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours".

The blaze started on Thursday near Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64km) north-west of central Los Angeles.

The Independence Day star panned the camera to show his property nestled in the trees before swinging it round to show the looming clouds of smoke. The Adventist Feather River Hospital evacuated its 60 patients in a frantic rush when the evacuation order came Thursday morning. But he noted that the Woolsey fire was zero-percent contained so far, and growing.

Other were found in or near homes.

Chico police officer John Barker and his partner evacuated several elderly people from an apartment complex.

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Numerous dead are people who were in their cars attempting to flee the racing flames.

Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from on Thursday morning.

"Certainly, we don't forget our experiences from the past", he said, "but again, we're not letting that deter us either, in what our jobs are and what our mission is". "They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

California's acting Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the northern part of the state to help facilitate rescue and recovery efforts.

Overnight, three rapid-moving fires spreading across California have destroyed thousands of structures and forced the evacuation of an estimated 157,000 people.

On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 101 and headed into coastal areas.

L.A. County Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Trey Espy confirmed 15 to 20 homes were impacted in the area of Kellwood Ct. and Churchwood Dr. and additional homes were impacted in nearby areas.

A third wildfire was also expanding in Southern California's Ventura County.

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