FIRES IN VENTURA COUNTY | Hill, Woolsey fires destroy homes, continue to rage

A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise Calif. on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

Still, the blaze forced residents to evacuate from several towns in an area about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

Voluntary evacuations of 75 000 homes were called for because of the Woolsey Fire that affected parts of Thousand Oaks in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, the site of a shooting massacre this week.

Richardson estimates another 60,000 people will likely have to evacuate because the fire jumped USA 101 early Friday and is pushing toward the coast.

Besides the Camp fire, the other two Southern California fires, Woolsey and Hill fires, are just miles from a bar where 12 people were killed by a former Marine in a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

A fire official said the blaze in northern California almost quadrupled in size overnight.

The fire in Paradise was reported shortly after daybreak Thursday.

Fanned by high winds and fueled by low humidity and dry vegetation, the fires spread rapidly Thursday and overnight into Friday.

"Faculty and staff who work at the Malibu and Calabasas campuses should not report to work unless they are critical support personnel", Pepperdine said.

Early Friday, the city of Malibu was ordered to evacuate as a wildfire approached the coastal area.

"Fire is burning out of control, heading into populated areas of Malibu".

Southwick told INSIDER that a friend's Facebook post reminded her of what a good time she and her friends have had in Paradise over the years.

Multiple wildfires continue to rage across the state of California, claiming at least five lives Friday, according to local authorities.

According to authorities, five people were burned alive while trying to flee in vehicles in Northern California.

- The Woolsey Fire, pushed by strong Santa Ana winds, burned 83,275 acres and is ten percent contained as of Sunday as it burned through Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

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

They say it was like the entire town of 27,000 residents decide to leave at once.

Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire near the town of Paradise has grown to almost 110 square miles. Thousand Oaks is a 30-minute drive north of Malibu. In Northern California, a blaze visible by satellite consumed the town of Paradise on Thursday and had burned almost 110 square miles by Friday morning. The Tubbs Fire, which destroyed 5,636 structures in Napa and Sonoma counties in October 2017, is listed by Cal Fire as the most destructive in state history.

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 fire, which began early yesterday, was the fiercest of several wind-driven blazes across California, during what has been one of the worst years for wildfires in the state. Malibu schools were also closed, The Malibu Times tweeted.

The entire city of Malibu was under an unprecedented mandatory evacuation, in addition to areas south of the 101 Freeway, from the Ventura line to Malibu Canyon.

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said a "very significant, unsafe weather pattern" would continue through the end of the weekend.

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