9 dead, 35 missing in California wildfire; Malibu threatened

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

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.

Scott McLean, a spokesman for Cal Fire, said the fire in Northern California's Butte County has "destroyed the town".

As surreal as those details often sound, they are a natural by-product of a town where entertainment is the principal industry and where the fires are focused on an area, Malibu, which is populated by numerous town's rich and famous.

Butte County Sheriff's Office said an evacuation ordered had been issued for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip. A state fire official said the Camp Fire had almost quadrupled overnight to 285 square kilometers.

The erupted Thursday near the northwest corner of the city of Los Angeles as the region's notorious Santa Ana winds gusted, triggering overnight evacuations of an estimated 75,000 homes in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County.

"We had to drive through flames to make it out safely", she said.

By Friday evening, the fire had spread to 70,000 acres and was only 5 percent contained, fire officials said. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) The Woolsey Fire is seen looking towards the west valley area on November 9, 2018 in Porter Ranch, California. There were reports of people abandoning their vehicles trapped in heavy traffic, clutching children and running for safety under blackened skies.

"Things started exploding", resident Gina Oviedo said. At this point, firefighters are trying to save lives and not property, which should tell you all you need to know about how unsafe the situation is. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said his department had hoped to hold the fire to the north of the 101 freeway, but it jumped the highway in several locations because of high winds.

Flames consume a home as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise.

"The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out".

"This is what happens when people aren't prepared", Gondola said as he helped customers fill red gas cans.

With fires also burning in Southern California, state officials put the total number of people forced from their homes at 157,000. Firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place Friday, Cal Fire Cpt.

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

Among those force to flee the Woolsey Fire, which had charred some 35,000 acres (14,164 hectares) as of Friday afternoon, were celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian, who said on Twitter flames had damaged the home she shares in nearby Calabasas with Kanye West. I've linked to both of them and provided descriptions below.

Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy made a plea at a fire news conference to residents to help their neighbors during this hard time.

Nine people were declared dead and 150,000 evacuated as fierce wildfires raged across the western U.S. state of California, with one rapidly spreading blaze threatening the famed resort of Malibu.

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