California wildfire pushes toward tony Malibu, Pacific Ocean

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

Residents have now been ordered to evacuate from several more towns to the west of Thousand Oaks, including Calabasas immediately south of Highway 101 and Malibu on the coast, as well as from the western edge of Los Angeles.

Responders are still assessing how many structures were lost, but the priority Friday was life safety and making sure people get evacauted from threatened areas, he said.

California is experiencing one of its worst fire years ever, with 621,743 acres (251,610 hectares) burned through Sunday in areas covered by Cal Fire, almost twice the amount during the same period of 2017 and almost triple the five-year average.

He "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as many residents as possible, Bernacett said.

The swift-moving Camp Fire, raging about 80 miles north of Sacramento, consumed Paradise, and moved Friday morning into the eastern side of Chico, a city with a population of around 90,000.

One of the worst-affected areas is the northern town of Paradise, California, where 18,000 acres were destroyed by the fire in just seven hours on Thursday, writes Newsweek.

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Reportedly, at least nine people in a mountain town.

Thousands of cars stood bumper to bumper, trying to ply their way slowly south to safer parts - all while a bank of thick gray smoke crept over the horizon. "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the road between Paradise and Chico. But winds that drove the ferocious flames have eased. She said a group of 20 other patients were initially evacuated but then returned to the facility because of gridlocked traffic. "It was chaos. I couldn't believe what people were doing".

Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean told the Associated Press earlier Friday, "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation".

A total of 6,453 homes had been destroyed in Paradise and elsewhere, Honea said, along with 260 commercial buildings.

Many celebrities living in the area have taken to social media to share their experiences with the fire, while thanking the fire fighters, police, first and emergency responders for their work. That's equal to about 60 football fields per minute.

The blaze has spread rapidly overnight, fanned by strong winds, and has jumped Highway 101, a major route west of Los Angeles. It burned in the same path as the 2013 Springs Fire that torched 24,000 acres before running into the Pacific Ocean.

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire
The blaze also forced the partial evacuation of Malibu, a city of about 13,000 people that is home to many Hollywood celebrities. Thousand Oaks is a 30-minute drive north of Malibu. "Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home.


The fires are fuelled, as they often are, by a combination of drought-parched wilderness and fierce Santa Ana winds, which blow westward from the desert into California's coastal communities.

A massive wildfire burned out of control across California, including one that spurred the evacuation of 75,000 homes near a city that was already reeling from a mass shooting.

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the United States 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains. It was unclear how many homes have been evacuated within the City of Los Angeles. I can't think anything matters more - packing "items" seems odd.

"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.

Another resident told Jeremy Siegel of member station KQED that as she attempted to get out of the area, "we were engulfed in flames - both sides of the road". According to Esri, it should be updated soon with pins for the Camp Fire and the fires in Los Angeles, both of which just broke out yesterday.

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