California fires: Malibu residents ordered to evacuate

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California fire captain Scott McLean said earlier that "pretty much the entire community of Paradise is destroyed", adding that the fire had grown to nearly 110 square miles - four times its original size.

In Northern California, panicked residents fled the town of Paradise on Thursday morning with seemingly little notice as the Camp Fire swept through it. Fire officials said strong winds had hampered efforts to drop retardant by aircraft.

"I know they all got calls..." Although an unknown number of structures have been destroyed, there were no reports of any injuries to firefighters or residents as of mid-morning Friday.

"We were engulfed in flames", Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter said. Thousands evacuated, many abandoned their vehicles and fleeing on foot as flames surrounded major roadways in the area. People are working together to not only help others evacuate but to provide updates, rescue animals, and provide shelter.

Ellerton, in an email to CNN, said it was odd to go from covering events related to Wednesday's shooting "to looking up in the afternoon and seeing plumes of smoke". Her Malibu home has burned, TMZ reported. I'm hoping for the best, ' along with a crossed fingers emoji.

Cal Fire said the fire destroyed an estimated 2,000 structures, including a large swath of the town of Paradise. At present, 400 fire personnel are on scene fighting the fire.

A perimeter map shows the boundaries of the Hill Fire burning Friday in Ventura County. That's equal to about 60 football fields per minute.

The fire began about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Woolsey Canyon, east of Simi Valley.

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

Also burning in Ventura County was the Hill Fire, which had torched 10 000 acres (4047 hectares) by Thursday night, fire officials said.

"The first part of this fuel bed had not seen fire for many years".

The wildfires have been terrible in California today with many reporting evacuations of entire cities.

The Los Angeles county fire department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"

Three fires across northern and southern California have scorched thousands of acres fanned by strong Santa Ana winds.

Voluntary evacuations have been added in Ventura County for Lake Sherwood and the area south of Highway 101 and north of Potrero Rd. between Westlake Blvd. and Wendy Dr.in Thousand Oaks.

Hidden Hills resident Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center. "Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home".

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