California fires: Malibu residents ordered to evacuate

Medical personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise Calif. on Thursday

Everyone in Paradise, a community of 27,000 people about 290 kilometres northeast of San Francisco, was ordered to get out. "All residents must evacuate immediately". "The south side as well as the north side has been hit very hard as well".

Even so, TV reports show homes, palm trees and even power poles erupting in flames.

California has had four of its top 10 most destructive fires burn in the past two years, the most recent being the Carr Fire that destroyed entire neighbourhoods in Redding, a city of 90,000 in the northern part of the state.

The number of evacuations remains at 52,000 people so far, but the number of total structures destroyed has risen to 6,713. Fire engines were not able to reach the fire, and firefighters were forced to hike in on foot and hose down vulnerable areas, while a firefighting helicopter hovered overhead.

On Saturday, in Los Angeles County, the 14,164 hectares Woolsey Fire was threatening 75,000 homes and more than 200,000 people were under mandatory evacuation early on Saturday.

Scott McLean, a spokesman for Cal Fire, said the fire in Northern California's Butte County has "destroyed the town".

In the first official report of fatalities, the Butte County Sheriff tweeted on Friday that investigators had found five dead bodies.

In addition to the five people found dead in their vehicles, many were forced to abandon their cars and run for their lives down the sole road through the mountain town. At this point, firefighters are trying to save lives and not property, which should tell you all you need to know about how unsafe the situation is. "The town center is completely on the ground".

"Things started exploding", Oviedo said. Some people left their cars there "and took off running, carrying their babies and kids". Some crashed and others left their vehicles by the roadside.

"Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home".

At the hospital in Paradise, more than 60 patients were evacuated to other facilities.

"As soon as I turned onto my street, out of my little side street, I was stuck in traffic", she said.

"It's very chaotic", said Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire".

Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from Thursday morning. "I mean, it was just terrifying", she said.

"I'm just so grateful for them", she said. "We're anxious sick. They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

Known as the Camp Fire, the blaze is burning in Butte County, in central California north of the state capital Sacramento.

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.

Both wildfires caused mass evacuations and Highway 101 closures overnight, but the roadway reopened to through traffic in the Camarillo area Friday morning. Less than an hour after CALFIRE published an update that the Camp Fire was up to 32km², the agency's public affairs office announced it was up to at least 68.8km² and the blaze is zero per cent contained.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Samsung are the newest company to unveil a foldable smartphone
Nov 10, 2018 - 13:41
Samsung revealed - or semi-revealed - their new prototype handset at their Developers' Conference in San Francisco . Samsungs upcoming device features a 7.3-inch 1536x2152-pixel “Infinity Flex” OLED display when it is open.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top USA warns against allowing Iranian tankers to port — Global Geopolitical Series
Nov 10, 2018 - 11:56
Brent futures for January settlement edged up 15 cents to $70.80 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The EIA expects output to break through 12 million bpd by mid-2019, largely thanks to a surge in shale oil production.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Investigations reveal Indonesia jet continued to fly despite damaged airspeed indicator
Nov 10, 2018 - 11:41
That angle-of-attack sensor is meant to measure the direction of air flow over wings so that they maintain lift. The Boeing 737-900 was on the runway at Fatmawati airport in Indonesia when its wing crashed into a metal post.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ten Years And $300 Million? Not Good Enough, Says Bryce Harper
Nov 09, 2018 - 10:38
It will cost them roughly $US13 million. "I'm comfortable with the alternative (to signing Harper)", Rizzo said Tuesday. In the meantime, Harper will continue to field offers from other teams in hopes of landing a record-setting deal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amendment 4: Restoring the right to vote for felons
Nov 09, 2018 - 10:34
It would also require the Florida Legislature to convene during even-numbered years in January rather than March. Given the trends on this issue, it likely won't be long before those states reform their laws as well.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Duke Basketball: An invincible beginning
Nov 09, 2018 - 10:33
When Barrett scored inside at 11:47, Duke had made 11 of its first 19 shots and six Blue Devils had scored to build a 27-10 lead. The Blue Devils offense was in cruise control throughout the entire game, as their star players seamlessly found ways to score.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ten most risky places for shark attacks
Nov 09, 2018 - 10:28
Justine Barwick, a 46-year-old tourist, was attacked September 19 while swimming from a yacht in Cid Harbor and is recovering. It's the third time a person has been attacked in the region in less than two months.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top No need for alarm bells - Ronaldo calls for Juve calm
Nov 09, 2018 - 08:00
I hope we arrive on time! I respect Juventus , I respect their players, their manager - I respect everything. Mourinho is unpopular among Juventus fans after managing bitter rival Inter Milan for three years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'The King' - Sergio Aguero reaches 150 Premier League goals
Nov 08, 2018 - 17:23
The most important thing is we need to be prepared so that what happened to Liverpool doesn't happen to us. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero joined an exclusive Premier League club today. .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fox News Calls Sean Hannity’s Trump Appearance an ‘Unfortunate Distraction’
Nov 08, 2018 - 16:16
While Trump was in Missouri to stump for Senate candidate Josh Hawley, the rally was largely about him. Fox News canceled a planned Sean Hannity appearance at a Tea Party rally in Cincinnati in 2010.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Benzema reaches 200 Real Madrid goals
Nov 08, 2018 - 16:15
Benzema headed a second from close range before Gareth Bale rounded off the half with a left-footed strike. Santiago Solari has won both of his games as Real Madrid manager since taking over from Julen Lopetegui .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Raptors destroy LeBron's Lakers even without Kawhi in the lineup
Nov 08, 2018 - 12:16
Bron and the Lakers lost to the Raptors 121 to 107. and LeBron only put up 18 points (he didn't even play the 4th quarter). Meanwhile, the Lakers will have around $38 million in cap space next summer that they can use to sign James' co-star.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top USA midterms: Candidates who made history
Nov 08, 2018 - 11:40
On Tuesday night Stevens, a 35-year old who served on Obama's Auto Task Force, won her race to represent Michigan's 11th district. For the first time in history, more than 100 women won races for Congress, and at least nine won governorship.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Stephen Colbert Trashes Donald Trump’s Sacking Of Attorney Jeff Sessions
Nov 08, 2018 - 11:07
The president also warned the Democrats against investigating him, after taking over the House in the midterm elections . In that scenario, Mueller's budget could be reduced "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt", Mr.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India among 8 countries allowed to buy Iranian oil
Nov 07, 2018 - 17:22
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures fell 89 cents, or 1.41 percent, to settle at $62.21 a barrel. Brent prices are now about 15% lower than that peak and have barely budged over the last two sessions.