Malibu Under Evacuation Orders as Massive Fire Rages

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At least 75,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are under evacuation orders, and some structures have already been destroyed, officials said.

Camp Fire in Butte County Red circles on this live-updating map are actively burning areas, as detected by satellite. Her husband was apparently in NY at the time. Five people were killed, according to the Associated Press.

Cal Fire had not reported any firefighter fatalities related to containment efforts on the Camp Fire, nor the two burning in Ventura County, as of 10 a.m. Friday.

More than 40,000 people were ordered to evacuate on November 8 when a fire tore through Paradise, California.

Gov. -elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the area and has requested federal funds to help those impacted by wildfires in the state.

McLean said the fire fight was hampered by winds of up to 40 miles per hour, which spread embers far ahead of the main fire after it started around 6:30 a.m. Thursday. "But people know they can't get back in once they do leave".

The massive blaze that hit Paradise spread north Friday, prompting officials to order the evacuation of Stirling City and Inskip, two communities north of Paradise along the Sierra Nevada foothills.

That prompted residents to abandon their vehicles and run from the flames, carrying children and pets, officials said.

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The blaze advanced rapidly to the outskirts of the city of Chico early on Friday, forcing thousands to flee after it left the nearby town of Paradise in ruins, Cal Fire said.

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.

Since it broke out on Thursday, the so-called Camp Fire has more than tripled in size to 2800 hectares after levelling parts of Paradise, with a population of 26,000 people, and was only five per cent contained by Friday. It was unclear how many homes have been evacuated within the City of Los Angeles.

In Hidden Hills, just north of Calabasas, Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center.

"The wind-whipped conditions. this is ripe conditions for explosive fire behavior", Los Angeles Fire Capt. Erik Scott told NBC News.

At least in the case of the Hill Fire, the location and direction of the Hill Fire is playing to firefighters' advantage, according to Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. The fire has destroyed homes in Oak Park, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks and forced the closure of Highway 101 in the Agoura Hills area. There were also many videos posted on social media showing the sheer terror many families experienced driving through a literal wall-of-flames to reach safety.

Wind gusts of up to 77 miles per hour were reported in Los Angeles County on Friday morning.

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said a "very significant, risky weather pattern" would continue through the end of the weekend. The area could experience 30 to 50 mile winds through Sunday and are expected to calm Monday, the National Weather Service reports. In Malibu - which has been home to Hollywood stars including Tom Hanks and Dustin Hoffman - flames leaped over the US 101 freeway to threaten some of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods.

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