Malibu residents flee massive wildfire, five dead in Northern California

California wildfire destroys homes, hospital; deaths reported

Law enforcement authorities in Northern California said late Friday nine people have died in a wildfire, one of three in the state that have leveled more than 6,400 homes and forced widespread evacuations.

And on Friday, Newsom also declared a state of emergency for the raging fires also ravaging Ventura County near Los Angeles as well.

The first fire has claimed at least nine lives.

The Butte county sheriff's office says an evacuation order was issued on Friday for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip, north of Paradise, where thousands of homes were destroyed.

California fire officials said crews gave up fighting the flames Thursday and instead helped people get out alive. The flames advanced towards the town, growing by 10,000 acres in 90 minutes.

"Fire is now burning out of control and heading into populated areas of Malibu", town officials said in a statement.

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.

There's bad news for Caitlyn Jenner, 69, as it's being reported the fire has destroyed her 3,500 square foot, 4-bedroom pad overlooking the Malibu coastline.

The entire city of Malibu is under evacuation orders, after flames jumped the 101 Freeway and headed coastward, propelled by strong winds, reported ABC News. "Our weather conditions out there, and our fuel conditions are absolutely right for fire ... when we ask you to leave, please leave early".

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But with the winds returning, it's likely more homes would be lost, Osby warned.

He said another 35 people were missing and three firefighters had been injured.

"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott Maclean, referring to Paradise, which has a population of 26,000.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who lives just north of coastal Malibu in Calabasas, revealed on Instagram that she was forced to flee her home. According to Ventura County Fire Department, the county and Los Angeles County have been evacuated or are being evacuated of 148,000 residents.

Cathy Fallon wipes her face beside her son Gabriel Fallon as she stands near the charred remains of her home Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Paradise, California.

"Things started exploding", said resident Gina Oviedo.

"They will continue to save homes and do whatever they can until the work is done", L.A. County Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Trey Espy told CBS2.

Concerned friends and family posted anxious messages on Twitter and other sites, saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone. On Friday, it moved over the Santa Monica Mountains toward Malibu, where flames driven by hot Santa Ana winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) raced down hillsides and through canyons toward multi-million dollar homes.

Using data from various government sources, spatial analytics company Esri has created two interactive maps to help people track the progression of the fires and stay up to date on traffic and smoke forecasts.

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