Wildfires rage across California, killing at least five

Wildfires rage across California, killing at least five

Wildfires rage across California, killing at least five

Paradise: Cassie Lerossignol hugs as coworker as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

Thousands of people were evacuated from Paradise, home to 26,000 people, including from schools and hospitals.

The remains of five of the victims in Northern California were discovered in or near burned out cars, three outside residences and one inside a home, Butte County's Honea said.

More than 250,000 people have been evacuated across the areas.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", he wrote in a Twitter post.

Meteorologists marvelled at the "gut-wrenching" rate of spread Thursday's fires exhibited.

On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 101 and headed into coastal areas.

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. Approximately 15,000 residents had been evacuated.

Malibu and Calabasas, west of Los Angeles, are home to hundreds of celebrities and entertainment executives attracted by ocean views, rolling hills and large, secluded estates. Evidently the evacuation was not completely successful as reports state at least five people were killed by the flames while trying to evacuate the city in their vehicles. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.

"We are still reeling, but we are also very resilient", she said.

And on Friday, Newsom also declared a state of emergency for the raging fires also ravaging Ventura County near Los Angeles as well.

Director Guillermo del Toro tweeted that Bleak House, his museum of horror movie memorabilia, was also in the path of the flames.

The fire in Paradise was reported shortly after daybreak in a rural area. The fire was first reported around 6:30 a.m., and over just a few hours, the fire grew from 10 acres to more than 10,000.

- The Butte County Sheriff's Coroner confirmed nine fatalities stemming from the 90,000 acre Camp Fire that began early Thursday morning just east of the town of Paradise, California.

A Cal Fire spokesman said around 2,000 buildings were believed to have been razed in Paradise.

A meteorologist speaking at the news conference said that dry conditions are expected to continue and that the lack of rain was only making things worse. So you take it personally and we haven't really had time to reflect. The Ventura County Fire Department told the publication that about 75,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties were under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders due to the blaze.

Such was the intensity of the blaze that much of the debris is hard to recognise.

Fire officials have issued evacuation notices for parts of Chico, a town of 93,000 people north of Sacramento.

The three blazes are among 16 now active fires in California. Officials have put most of Northern California is under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.

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