Deadly California Fires Cause Epic Damage, Mass Evacuations

Vehicles and homes burn as the Camp Fire rips through Paradise California on Thursday November 8. A state of emergency has been declared in Butte County where thousands have been forced to evacuate

The most devastating is believed to be the Camp Fire, which by Friday morning had grown to 90,000 acres and was encroaching on the city of Chico, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as a Cal Fire. As firefighters struggle to contain the trio of uncontrolled wildfires - the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires - forecasters say intense winds and low humidity over the weekend could fuel the blazes and make them spread even farther.

The Butte County Sheriff's office said five victims had been burned to death in their cars and could not immediately be identified.

"If you come here with the intent of taking advantage of the situation, we will arrest you, and you will go to jail".

The "Woolsey Fire" has jumped Highway 101 near the town of Agoura Hills and portions of the main coastal north-south artery have been shut down, triggering mandatory evacuations, including the entire city of Malibu.

"There is zero tolerance for any looting, " Benedict said.

The blaze known as Camp Fire that began on Thursday had grown to almost 140 square miles (362 square kilometers), wiping out much of Paradise, home to some 30,000 residents. TV personality Caitlyn Jenner's home was reportedly among those destroyed.

Lady Gaga announced that she was evacuated from her home in Malibu.

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She, her husband and six others rode out the fire in a tunnel a short distance up the road as the fire burned the hillsides above and all around them.

There's no word on what sparked the fires Thursday.

The blaze also threatened parts of the nearby town of Thousand Oaks, which witnessed a gun attack earlier this week at a college bar. It charred 20,000 acres Thursday in less than 14 hours and has burned an area larger than Manhattan, according to CNN meteorologists.

On Friday, Trump issued an emergency declaration providing federal funds for Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

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

The fire prompted the Friday closure of all schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District in Calabasas, as well as Viewpoint School, Montessori of Calabasas, Montessori of Calabasas Too and Muse School. Her publicist could not confirm the status of her house, but told Reuters that Jenner was safe. The former remains zero percent contained while firefighters have managed to bring the latter, which is considerably smaller, to 25 percent containment.

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