Raging Wildfire Prompts Complete Evacuation of Malibu City in California

New mandatory evacuations issued as 4,000-acre Woolsey fire tears into Oak Park burning homes

Evacuations were ordered for the east side of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people, as flames from the blaze were being driven by 56-kilometer-per-hour winds.

The blaze destroyed an unknown number of structures and injured some civilians, but the extent of their injuries was not immediately known, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. John Gaddie. Additionally, at least 2,000 structures have been destroyed, while 15,000 remain threatened, filling shelters and closing roads across the area.

A Chico County police officer called in to "Shepard Smith Reporting" Friday to describe the devastation a deadly, fast-moving wildfire has caused in the town of Paradise, California.

The Ventura County Fire Department said the blaze had burned around 8,000 acres and evacuation orders were issued for some 88,000 homes in Ventura County and neighbouring Los Angeles County.

Rural areas fared little better. The size of the fire is about 110 square miles, he said Friday. The Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday at least five people have died. Several evacuation centers were set up in nearby towns.

Residents described fleeing their homes and then getting stuck on gridlocked roads as flames approached, sparking explosions and toppling utility poles.

'Things started exploding, ' said resident Gina Oviedo. We're working very hard to get people out. "Multiple cars, vehicles left in the roadway burned out". That was all before the Camp Fire escalated rapidly Thursday, changing the lives of not just the football team at Paradise, but the entire community forever.

Thick gray smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.

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Rescuers used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out of the way in order to reach a hospital and evacuate patients as the fire engulfed the building, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter said. The whole hill's on fire.

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

"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. "They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

In total, there are now 14 wildfires blazing in California and acting governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency.

She and her husband "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as numerous residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible, Bernacett said.

Among the celebrity homes reportedly damaged - if not destroyed - was the home of Caitlyn Jenner, who posted an Instagram video reporting that she was in a safe house, but wasn't sure what has become of her home. Television reports showed several homes on fire in the Oak Park community.

Authorities were forced to shut down the 101, a major north-south artery, as well as the Pacific Coast Highway.

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