- Driven by howling winds and dangerously low humidity, a brush fire that began in Ventura County but raced over the Los Angeles County line continued a relentless march toward the Pacific Ocean Friday, forcing thousands of people from their homes as evacuation orders were imposed for the entirety of Malibu.
Approximately 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.
It quickly spread southwest toward Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks, the community still reeling from a mass shooting on Wednesday night, before making its way to the coast.
About 1,000 structures have been reportedly destroyed, majority in Paradise, a town of about 26,000 people that has been virtually wiped out by the exploding blaze, reports and photos show.
"We've been pushing this and pushing this", CalFire Capt. Scott McLean said in a phone interview early Friday morning.
Mandatory evacuations are in placed for various parts of Los Angeles County as the fire spreads towards the Santa Monica Mountains.
"While a lot of my yard and neighbors' yards burned, the firefighters saved our homes", Janic tweeted just after 2 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) Friday.
Tanah Clunies-Ross woke up in the dark to what sounded like lumps of coal raining down on her Northern California home.
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Firefighters are challenged by residents moving about evacuation areas and high traffic as they follow the fire front.
California fire captain Scott McLean said earlier that "pretty much the entire community of Paradise is destroyed", adding that the fire had grown to nearly 110 square miles - four times its original size.
A perimeter map shows the boundaries of the Hill Fire burning Friday in Ventura County.
Ventura County Fire officials say there are 20 to 25 an hour winds.
Residents posted on social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in the Newbury Park area of western Thousand Oaks.
The Woolsey Fire appeared to be the more risky of the two blazes, and was burning south through the Kanan Road corridor toward Malibu and the ocean.
Fire crews Thursday morning were dealing with 40 miles per hour wind gusts.