Nine dead in California wildfires, tens of thousands forced to flee

Nine dead in California wildfires, tens of thousands forced to flee

They drove away but got eventually got caught in traffic.

On Thursday, as flames engulfed Paradise, frantic residents racing to safety plunged into the thick smoke that darkened the daytime sky and made driving hard. 'People started getting out of their vehicles and running'.

She cried as she recorded video of the terrifying scene, which she posted to Facebook.

In Chico, VandenBerg reunited with her husband.

"We thought the fire was going to kill us", she told CNN.

The Butte county sheriff's office says an evacuation order was issued on Friday for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip, north of Paradise, where thousands of homes were destroyed. The buildings were seen in movies and television series such as "The Mentalist" and "Weeds".

He said another 35 people were missing and three firefighters had been injured. Its rapid growth and early-morning arrival means that residents didn't have much time to leave or firefighters time to prepare, leaving them to play a game of catch-up against an extremely active fire.

Thousands of people in California have had to flee ahead of a wildfire that has consumed thousands of hectares of land and continues to grow, courtesy of strong winds.

"Fire is now burning out of control and headed into populated areas of Malibu", the city said in a statement online.

"It is critical that residents pay close attention to evacuation orders", the Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Twitter.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Malibu.


Earlier in the day, the Hill Fire near Thousand Oaks in Ventura Country needed just 12 minutes to jump Highway 101, one of the area's primary roadways. "Make sure your stuff is packed and ready".

Part of the Paramount Ranch, in Agoura Hills, was also destroyed by the fires; the ranch is a historic Hollywood filming location, dating back to the 1930s but most recently used as the setting for the HBO series Westworld. "I pray everyone is safe", she said.

"They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours", Bass said.

"My heart's still with those suffering the loss of their children, their husband and their dad". She had to turn her vehicle around and head in another direction to escape, but that all the while, it "scared me to death". "The smoke just seems surreal", she wrote. It's already burned dozens of homes and threatens 30,000 more. "We are still not out of the woods yet".

Conditions in Oak Park, just north of Malibu, have been described as "surreal" and "horrific". "We have found a safe hotel ..."

The massive plume from the Camp Fire, burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif., wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico, Calif., on Thursday.

Ventura County Fire Capt. Brian McGrath said the front of the fire was still burning toward the coast and had grown rapidly overnight.

While no homes or businesses have been lost to the fast-moving blaze, a number of RVs and outbuildings have been burned and a firefighter suffered a minor injury, authorities said.

"This is a very unsafe wind driven fire".

The fire broke out on Thursday north west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the USA 101 freeway early on Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

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