Nine people were declared dead and tens of thousands evacuated Friday as fierce wildfires raged across the western U.S. state of California, with one rapidly spreading blaze threatening the famed resort of Malibu.
The blaze also threatened parts of the nearby town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people earlier this week in a shooting rampage at a college bar.
Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea said one of the additional deaths was said to be near those vehicles, another was inside a residence and at least three were said to be outside of residences.
Strong winds blow smoke horizontally over the the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean over the city of Malibu, far distance, in Southern California, seen from the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday morning, November 9, 2018.
The 20,000-acre (8,100-hectare) fire north of Sacramento started in the Plumas National Forest on Thursday and quickly engulfed the town of Paradise.
Officials said Friday the fire has destroyed 6,453 homes and another 260 commercial structures and has grown to 362 square kilometers.
The responding fire agencies from Ventura and Los Angeles Counties also consulted independent hazardous materials coordinators who agreed with the conclusion that toxic material from the site was unlikely to have been spread due to the fire. Evacuation orders were issued for residents of the beachside community of Malibu. "Our weather conditions out there, and our fuel conditions are absolutely right for fire ... when we ask you to leave, please leave early".
Lehi crews are going to southern California to fight the fires in southern California, Lehi Fire Captain Bronson Smith said. Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames.
A separate massive blaze raging in Northern California since Thursday morning has almost quadrupled in size overnight, according to one Californian fire official.
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The Woolsey fire burns on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) in Malibu, California, as night falls on November 9, 2018.
Most of the town's buildings are in ruin.
Maclean said an as yet unspecified number of civilians and firefighters had been injured, and that it could be days before authorities would know whether anyone had died.
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Bass evacuated his family from Paradise and returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man trying to carry his bedridden wife to safety.
The fire ignited Thursday afternoon south of the city of Simi Valley, Ventura County officials said. I'm assuming I lost my home.
"You could feel the heat from the flames", said McMillen, who returned Friday and found his home intact but stinking of smoke.
Other were found in or near homes.
On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 101 and headed into coastal areas.
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.