California fires: Malibu residents ordered to evacuate

California fires: Malibu residents ordered to evacuate

Wildfires also broke out in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, causing evacuations and burning about 12,000 acres. "You pose a danger to yourself and emergency responders", Ventura County Fire Department Captain Scott Dettorre said about the drivers.

Tens of thousands of people are under mandatory evacuation orders and Palley says that the fires in the Santa Monica Mountains, above Malibu, have developed so fast that numerous roads there have become impassable even to firefighters.

Raging wildfires across California have forced 157,000 people from their homes, and have led to at least one death in the north of the state, officials say. According to TMZ, the fire claimed Caitlyn's home on Friday, and there's no word yet on if anyone was inside.

"While a lot of my yard and neighbors' yards burned, the firefighters saved our homes", Janic tweeted just after 2 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) Friday. "That fire from the second it started was off to the races", said Ken Pimlott, director of Cal Fire.

The Hill and Woolsey fires in Ventura County have raged since Thursday afternoon, burning tens of thousands of acres combined; the latter blaze jumped Highway 101 and posed an "imminent threat" to Malibu, leading to mandatory evacuation of the entire beachfront city, Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Twitter. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.

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

Thousands were evacuated, including from schools and hospitals.

A separate massive blaze raging in Northern California since Thursday morning has almost quadrupled in size overnight, according to one Californian fire official.

The fire swelled unabated to 8,000 acres over night in Ventura and Los Angeles counties with the Santa Ana winds fanning flames and forcing hundreds of people from their homes. Some people left their cars there "and took off running, carrying their babies and kids". Her publicist could not confirm the status of her house, but told Reuters that Jenner was safe. The fire was burning on the south side of the freeway in areas that were evacuated hours earlier.

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.

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As for prepping: "I loaded all our best boards onto the roof last night", George said.

Butte County Cal Fire Chief Darren Read said in a press conference that several hundred buildings, possibly as many as 1,000 or more, were destroyed in the town, which is home to about 27,000 people.

There is now 0 percent containment.

No injuries have been reported in either fire.

Pimlott said six major fires are now burning in California, with three (Camp, Woolsey and Hill) designated "critical".

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