Five killed in cars as California wildfires cause devastation

Massive California fires destroy town, Malibu ordered to evacuate

The wildfire that started on Thursday has destroyed some homes on the outskirts of Thousand Oaks and forced the mandatory evacuations of 75,000 people, as well as closing some highways. The cause of the blazes was not known.

"The fire has progressed down into the city of Thousand Oaks", Dettorre told the CBS affiliate.

A Cal Fire spokesman said around 2,000 buildings were believed to have been razed in Paradise.

"It's devastating. It's like 'welcome to hell, '" resident Cynthia Ball, said about the duel disasters outside the teen center that is serving as a shelter for evacuees.

"We've spoken to our pastors, and they're all safe, and as far as they know, so are their congregants", says Bret Allen, district superintendent for the Northern California and Nevada district. "We're kind of all shaking right now".

Richard Berge, who lived near Long and looked after his mother's dogs, told Reuters she had told him earlier this year she anxious her son might take his own life but did not fear he would hurt her. Officials have put most of Northern California is under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.

Almost 2,300 fire personnel are battling the blaze with over 300 engines, 11 helicopters, 24 bulldozers and 11 water tenders.

"Much of the city of Malibu" is under mandatory evacuation orders, officials said in an alert.

Thousands of residents packed the Pacific Coast Highway to head south or took refuge on beaches, along with their horses and other pets.

The Hill Fire is another battle firefighters in Ventura County are contending with.

Evacuees described harrowing escapes from flames that picked up unexpectedly Thursday afternoon. All of the people were found dead in their cars, that were "overcome by the Camp Fire", the sheriff said. Her grandmother, who is in her 70s and lives alone, never showed up up at a meeting spot in Chico, though. We're just trying to take care of people.

"We are not just responding to what's in front of us, but we are also contemplating what the next 24 and 48 hours are going to look like", he said. "My girlfriend was driving". He added, "Yeah. I'm insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is "hopes and prayers". and wonder why these keep happening". By the time a cellphone alert told him to evacuate, the flames were almost upon the trailer park, burning on a hillside. Cars and trucks, some with trailers attached, were left on the roadside as evacuees ran for their lives, said Bass, the police officer.

While evacuees arrived at the teen center, firetrucks staged across the street at a command post.

The fire broke out Thursday northwest of Los Angeles and roared southward, jumping the USA 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains. The kids on the team have lost their homes as well.

"It is critical that residents pay close attention to evacuation orders", the Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Twitter.

The day before under clear skies and no smoke, thousands gathered along the freeway to watch a motorcade carrying the body of a sheriff's deputy who was killed when he rushed in to confront the shooter. By Thursday evening, it had scorched up to 7,000 acres and sent residents of more than 1,200 homes fleeing, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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