Wildfire deaths confirmed in Butte County as Newsom declares emergency for Ventura

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

In just 24 hours, the disastrous Camp Fire in Northern California has burned at the rate of nearly an acre per second and scorched an area more than twice the size of San Francisco.

The fire then pushed southward, jumped the wide USA 101 freeway before dawn Friday and pushed into the Santa Monica range.

Butte County Sheriff officials in Northern California claim that five people were found dead in their vehicles in the town of Paradise.

Also burning in Ventura County was the Hill Fire, which had scorched about 2428ha on Friday morning, Lorenzen said.

No fatalities have been reported in two southern California wildfires.

Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the fire has placed millions of people under red flag warnings.

"The wind is definitely pushing this thing toward the ocean just like the Springs Fire a few years ago", Ventura County fire captain Brian McGrath told the Los Angeles Times.

Ziegler says that just over 500 firefighters are now assigned to the Hill Fire.

The blaze also forced the partial evacuation of Malibu, a city of about 13,000 people that is home to many Hollywood celebrities.

California Acting Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday declared a state of emergency for areas affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

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Also burning in Ventura County was the Hill Fire, which had torched 10 000 acres (4047 hectares) by Thursday night, fire officials said.

The hospital was totally destroyed, Mike Mangas, a spokesman for operator Dignity Health, told Action News Now. At least five people were found burned in their cars, trying to escape.

The Camp fire is now 70,000 acres in size, more than three times the size of New York City and Washington D.C. combined. Almost 2,300 firefighters are battling the flames, but as of Friday morning, it was still zero percent contained.

Resident Shari Bernacett told the Associated Press that she "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to get mobile home residents to leave as fire consumed the hillside.

The fire broke out near Thousand Oaks, an area about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles where an attacker killed 12 people on Wednesday, prompting the evacuation of 75,000 homes. "People started getting out of their vehicles and running". 9, 437 structures remain threatened though none have been lost or damaged by the fire.

The city of Paradise was decimated on Thursday by a wildfire that continues to rage in Northern California due to heavy winds and extremely dry conditions.

Now the fire in Northern California has grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers) and at least five people have been found dead by investigators, according to The Associated Press. "Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home".

The fire, which began early on Thursday, was the fiercest of several wind-driven blazes across California, during what has been one of the worst years for wildfires in the state. He called me as he was driving south on the Pacific Coast Highway, headed from Oxnard to Malibu.

Authorities said preliminary investigations showed the victims were located in cars that were overcome by the fire, known as the Camp Fire.

Thousands were evacuated, including from schools and hospitals.

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