Camp Fire now most destructive wildfire in California history; 9 dead

Camp Fire now most destructive wildfire in California history; 9 dead

That continued this morning, as the president weighed in on the wildfires in northern California that have killed at least nine people and seen 150,000 more evacuated from their homes (including the likes of Kanye West and Martin Sheen).

A separate fire, the "Woolsey Fire", in Ventura County sparked evacuation orders for parts of the city of Thousand Oaks, where a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday night.

With fires burning in both Northern and Southern California, the director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services put the number of people forced from their homes at 157,000.

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.

The Camp Fire, which broke out on Thursday at the edge of the Plumas National Forest northeast of Sacramento, has since blackened more than 90,000 acres and was only 5 percent contained as of nightfall on Friday.

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

Fire officials said strong Santa Ana winds continued to fuel the Woolsey Fire overnight, doubling its size to almost 3,248 hectares.

He said another 35 people were missing and three firefighters had been injured.

The blaze has spread rapidly overnight, fanned by strong winds, and has jumped Highway 101, a major route west of Los Angeles.

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She cried as she recorded video of the terrifying scene, which she posted to Facebook. "It's that kind of devastation", he said. She said a group of 20 other patients were initially evacuated but then returned to the facility because of gridlocked traffic.

"This area is an active part of the incident and we can not access it", a posting on the Santa Monica Mountains Twitter account said on Friday. After flames ripped through the town Thursday, Paradise (population 27,000) has been declared nearly a complete loss.

Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge were among thousands fleeing from their homes.

The Woolsey fire barreled into Malibu on Friday afternoon with destructive force, burning dozens of hillside homes as thousands tried fleeing down the gridlocked Pacific Coast Highway.

She can be heard in an Instagram clip comforting someone saying "It's going to be okay" as the smoke billows above them. "God is good. I'm just praying everyone is safe" she wrote.

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

Some 250,000 residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have been evacuated with firefighters still unable to contain the blaze.

Flames have moved so quickly there's not a lot firefighters can do.

He said he evacuated his family and then returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man carrying his bedridden wife to safety.

"Our scientists and toxicologists have reviewed information about the fire's location and do not believe the fire has caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exposed to the smoke", the statement read.

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