Raging Wildfire Prompts Complete Evacuation of Malibu City in California

Satellite Image taken at 3:12 p.m. The blue lake in the center with the white line through it is Lake Tahoe with California's border overlayed in white

Satellite Image taken at 3:12 p.m. The blue lake in the center with the white line through it is Lake Tahoe with California's border overlayed in white

"We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the road between Paradise and Chico.

Three-quarters of the city of 130,000 was under evacuation orders - and that likely included people affected by the shooting, Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox said.

"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", said Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean late Thursday.

Three massive wildfires are tearing through California, stretching as far north as the Camp Fire in Paradise (about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco) and as far south as the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The Woosley Fire burns in Malibu, California, on Friday.

ABC7.com reported that 75,000 homes were under evacuation orders along the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

The fire in Paradise was reported shortly after daybreak Thursday. By nightfall, the fire had expanded in size to 70,000 acres, and was just 5 percent contained. "It was the event we have feared for a long time", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a Friday evening news conference. Evacuation centers were set up at Palisades High School and at Taft High School in Woodland Hills.

'Things started exploding, ' said resident Gina Oviedo. Miller at first scoffed at the notion of getting back in a vehicle.

Many abandoned their cars on the side of the road, fleeing on foot.

Flames consume a home as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise.

The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise evacuated staff and 41 patients to other hospitals, given its close proximity to the fire, said Jill Kinney, an Adventist Health spokeswoman.

Pet owners walked their dogs on Zuma Beach, the winds whipping up the sand around them and fire engine sirens blaring nearby.

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

Concerned friends and family posted frantic messages on Twitter and other sites saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone.

A vintage vehicle rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018.

"We're trying to get as many people out as quickly as possible and save as many lives as we can", he said.

Malibu and the surrounding areas have been hit by many devastating wildfires over the years.

"We're just hoping that our brand new home that we were hoping to move into tomorrow is not burned to the ground", Winstead said. They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times'.

The fire, which began early on Thursday, was the fiercest of several wind-driven blazes across California, during what has been one of the worst years for wildfires in the state.

Both wildfires caused mass evacuations and Highway 101 closures overnight, but the roadway reopened to through traffic in the Camarillo area Friday morning.

She and her husband "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as numerous residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible, Bernacett said.

Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy made a plea at a fire news conference to residents to help their neighbors during this hard time.

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