23 killed, 110 missing in California wildfires

The Camp fire in Northern California has devastated the town of Paradise while the Hill and Woolsey fires have prompted mass

Wildfires rage across California, killing at least five

The state's most destructive fire in at least a century has burned down more than 6,700 buildings, nearly all of them homes.

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

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

"I just started weeping", Kelly said. "Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters".

Despite strong Santa Ana winds that returned Sunday, no additional structures were believed to have been lost, meaning many would return in the coming week to find their home as Kelly did, authorities said.

"It's my sad duty to confirm that we now have a total of nine fatalities", he said, four more fatalities beyond the five reported earlier.

Part of the blaze was burning into the footprint of a 2013 wildfire and that could slow its spread, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said. He said another victim was found near a vehicle but outside it.

In Northern California, the Camp Fire has grown at a pace of 80 football fields per minute after starting Thursday morning.

The Woolsey Fire broke out on Thursday and quickly jumped the 101 Freeway in several places.

"There are times when you have such rapid-moving fires ... no amount of planning is going to result in a ideal scenario, and that's what we had to deal with here", Mr Honea told the Action News Network.

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

The two bodies were found severely burned inside a auto on a long residential driveway in Malibu, Los Angeles County sheriff's Chief John Benedict said.

"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", said Cal Fire Captain Scott McLean. Jones said she drove into Paradise on Friday with a fire official and two council members to assess the damage.

Sheriff's officials earlier had reported six deaths.

Airplanes and helicopters swooped low over hills and canyons to drop loads of fire retardant and water.

When Paradise was evacuated, the order set off a desperate exodus in which many motorists got stuck in gridlocked traffic and abandoned their vehicles to flee on foot.

Fire burned in famously ritzy coastal spots like Malibu, where Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Guillermo del Toro and Martin Sheen were among those forced out of their homes amid a citywide evacuation order. The authorities were conducting mass evacuation and among the towns that were asked to evacuate is Thousand Oaks, where a mass shooting in a bar recently killed 12 people, including a senior police officer, reports said.

Winds that drove the flames through bone-dry hills and canyons north and west of downtown Los Angeles were expected to die down until Sunday, when they would build again to 35 miles per hour with even higher gusts, forecasters predicted.

An estimated 75,000 homes were also evacuated along the borders of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, according to AP.

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