Intense videos show the Camp Fire ravaging Northern California

Local power authorities have told state officials an outage occurred near the spot where the fire erupted, The Sacramento Bee reported, but there is still no official cause of the Camp blaze.

"It is critical that residents pay close attention to evacuation orders", the Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Twitter.

The entire city of Malibu was under an unprecedented mandatory evacuation, in addition to areas south of the 101 Freeway, from the Ventura line to Malibu Canyon.

Some people, attempting to flee the fire, were stuck in traffic and left their cars behind to run with their families.

At least nine people have died as the fierce California wildfires continue. Some were inside cars, and others were near or inside homes.

The wife and sons both survived, but suffered burns and smoke inhalation, the source said.

By late Friday night, the smaller Hill fire's advance had halted, but the Woolsey fire continued to surge.

The other fire in that area is the Hill Fire, which torched 10,000 acres in six hours on Thursday.

"Fortunately for us, it is burning into the old footprint of the Springs Fire of 2013, and the fire activity there has diminished", he told reporters Friday, adding that this has allowed crews to "focus a little bit more heavily" on the Woolsey Fire instead. The fire earlier ripped through Paradise, about 20 miles east of Chico.

In less than two days, the Hill and Woolsey fires near Los Angeles have destroyed more than 150 homes and prompted evacuation orders for more than 250,000 people - including the entire city of Malibu, home to many Hollywood celebrities - officials said. The Tubbs Fire, which destroyed 5,636 structures in Napa and Sonoma counties in October 2017, is listed by Cal Fire as the most destructive in state history. "2207520000.1541887572./1202113766605566/?type=3&theater">according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

So far, nine people have fallen victim to the fire.

Police officer and resident Mark Bass described the apocalyptic scenes, saying: 'We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road'. "It began to jump the road". Paradise is located on a ridge and had limited escape routes.

"I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires and grieving the loss of their homes or loves ones", Lady Gaga said in a tweet. A list compiled by a local news affiliate reports a growing number of missing people after almost the entire town of Paradise, population roughly 30,000, has been destroyed.

In the south, flames leapt and raged from Thousand Oaks south through the northwestern San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles and appeared headed toward the Pacific Ocean.

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

Evacuation orders were issued for residents of the beachside community of Malibu.

PG&E has since implemented a new policy that will cut electricity to certain areas during extreme fire weather conditions. But when they turn, they come from the desert, down through the canyons, and they are dry and unpredictable.

The Hill Fire is burning near the site of this week's mass shooting in Thousand Oaks. But firefighters have made some progress.

  • Leroy Wright