California Wildfire Death Toll Rises to 25

California wildfire leaves town in ruins, thousands flee

'It Looks Like a Blast Zone': California Officer Describes Devastation Caused by Wildfire

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"We heard this was coming so we set up on the sprinklers and we hosed the whole house down", said Patrick Henry, a Malibu resident.

According to reports, the wildfire is also thought to have destroyed the TV and movie production location known as Western Town at the Paramount Ranch, which was used for productions including 1938's The Adventures Of Marco Polo and TV's Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, and more recently for hit drama series Westworld.

Evacuees trapped in traffic abandoned their cars and ran with their children in tow as the Camp Fire quickly closed in in Northern California's Butte County.

Maclean said no details were immediately available about the circumstances of the deaths and that the bodies' badly burned condition would make identification hard.

In northern California, an inferno swept across the town of Paradise and destroyed more than 6,700 homes and businesses, making it the state's most destructive fire in at least a century.

The remains of five of the victims were discovered in or near burned out cars, three outside residences and one inside a home, Honea said.

Dozens of other people were reported missing.

Both the Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire were driven by strong Santa Ana winds on Thursday and Friday.

In Southern California, two fires were burning in the drought-stricken canyons and hills north and west of downtown Los Angeles. "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", said Cal Fire Captain Scott McLean.

School officials told the students that they have been assured by fire officials that the university's buildings were built to withstand fire. He said the two arrests were made in separate incidents and warned, "If you come here with the intent of taking advantage of the situation, we will arrest you and you will go to jail".

The resort is one of the most in-demand locations in California for Hollywood stars seeking privacy and luxury, and has been home to Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt and a host of other celebrities.

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

The fast-moving blaze in the north, which authorities have named the "Camp Fire", broke out early Thursday. 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 raced down hillsides and through canyons toward multi-million dollar homes.

All the residents of Malibu, a posh oceanside enclave that is home to about 13,000 people 30 miles (50 km) west of downtown Los Angeles, were told to get out on Friday.

Three-quarters of the city of 130,000 was under evacuation orders - and that likely included people affected by the shooting, Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox said.

President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration providing federal funding to help firefighters battling the wildfires across California.

In his first comments about the massive wildfires, Trump tweeted that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California". Fuelled by dry grass growing amid scattered pine and oak trees, the Camp fire tore across land thinned by flames just 10 years ago. He could not estimate the fire's likelihood to reach Oroville, but said the agency was monitoring the threat with crews around the fire's perimeter.

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