Wildfire destroys entire town as massive blazes tear through California

A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise Calif. on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

The Camp Fire in the northern part of the state has burned through 20,000 acres, while the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties quadrupled in size overnight.

Meanwhile, two wildfires burning near Los Angeles have forced thousands more to evacuate, including the entire city of Malibu.

As she fled, Gina Oviedo described a devastating scene in which flames engulfed homes, sparked explosions and toppled utility poles.

The Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, at 3400 Calle Real, was opening at noon Friday to accept large animals for evacuated residents, according to Ventura County officials. "It was the event we have feared for a long time", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a press conference. "I don't know. When I left it was all on fire". We're just trying to take care of people. "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us". The message I want to get out is: "If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate".

McLean estimated that the lost buildings numbered in the thousands in Paradise, about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea said one of the additional deaths was said to be near those vehicles, another was inside a residence and at least three were said to be outside of residences. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 69 square kilometres, Gaddie said.

In Southern California, the 4,047ha Woolsey Fire led authorities on Friday morning to expand mandatory evacuation orders to the entire city of Malibu, known for the many celebrities that call it home.

Strong blustery winds combined with dry conditions have helped the blaze spread, after weeks without rain and low humidity at the height of the wildfire season in north California. Around 150,000 people have also been evacuated from their homes. The Hill Fire caused an evacuation of Cal State University-Channel Islands and about 1,000 homes.

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"Had he not put out that fire, I would not have made it to the vehicle", she said.

This photo taken from video provided by CBS2/KCAL9 shows a wildfire burning in Camarillo.

A vintage auto rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018.

Flames consume a home as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise. Officials have put most of Northern California is under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.

Four hospital employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.

With limited escape routes from the town, traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock, with residents abandoning vehicles and running from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said.

"My husband tried his best to get everybody out".

'It's devastating. It's like "welcome to hell,"' resident Cynthia Ball said about the dual disasters while she was outside the teenage centre serving as a shelter for evacuees. "Ive talked with our administration and our athletic director to see what we can do but honestly I spent the whole night wondering where my mother was, not thinking about football".

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