Nine dead as California fires continue to rage

A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise Calif. on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

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

The blaze sent residents fleeing, and now threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people.

"We're working very hard to get people out".

In all, the Woolsey Fire led authorities to issue evacuation orders for 75,000 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

People reported much of the community of 30,000 people has gone up in flames, including homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement centre.

In Northern California, panicked residents began fleeing Paradise on Thursday as the Camp Fire swept through it.

Wildfires also erupted in Southern California, with reports early Friday of two large fires scorching about 23 square miles (60 square kilometers) and threatening numerous communities.

Butte County Fire Chief Darren Read said there were multiple injuries among civilians and firefighters.

A group of Cal Fire firefighters monitor ambers from a toppled wall while battling the Camp Fire in Paradise on Friday.

Mark Ghilarducci provided the figure at a news briefing on Friday. "It was the event we have feared for a long time", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a press conference. "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the road between Paradise and Chico.

"I hope people got out".

"Things started exploding", said resident Gina Oviedo. Some people left their cars there "and took off running, carrying their babies and kids".

Many abandoned their cars and trucks on the side of the road.

An AFP photographer on the scene saw houses enveloped in flames, while others had already been reduced to ashes and cars burned to husks.

"They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours", Bass said.

An used auto dealership is seen engulfed in flames during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. She captured photos of low-hanging black smoke stretching for miles as she and her boyfriend evacuated Paradise. Around 150,000 people have also been evacuated from their homes.

A perimeter map shows the boundaries of the Hill Fire burning Friday in Ventura County. She said a group of 20 other patients were initially evacuated but then returned to the facility because of gridlocked traffic.

Chico police officer John Barker and his partner evacuated several seniors from an apartment complex.

Almost 2,300 fire personnel are battling the blaze.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire", said a statement, adding that they had yet to be identified.

"We never heard from them again", Lee said. I've linked to both of them and provided descriptions below.

California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to provide assistance to the fire-hit areas. That made it one of the most destructive blazes in state history, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire protection data.

The fire had jumped Highway 101 in several places, including Calabasas and Agoura Hills, and was moving southwards toward coastal Malibu, Malibu Search and Rescue said in a post on Twitter.

The fire remains at 5 percent contained. (Reed Saxon/AP) Firefighters push a vehicle from a garage as the Woolsy fire burning a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.