Motorists die as they flee California wildfires


The wildfires in California have killed at least nine people, and thousands more have evacuated their homes.

And on Friday, Newsom also declared a state of emergency for the raging fires also ravaging Ventura County near Los Angeles as well.

Some 500 miles to the north, nine people were found dead in and around the Northern California town of Paradise, where more than 6,700 homes and businesses were burned down by the Camp Fire.

Korey Honea, the sheriff of Butte County, said five died in or near their vehicles as they fled the town of Paradise, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, 90 miles north of Sacramento.

Schuster said they stopped trying to hook up a trailer for the animals and fled their home and property with just their three cats on Thursday when the day turned pitch black as fire roared in.

A separate blaze, Hill Fire, had also devastated 10,000 acres by Thursday night, fire officials said.

The entire city of Malibu was under evacuation orders after officials said one of the blazes jumped Highway 101 and appeared headed straight for the Pacific Ocean.

More than 250,000 people have been evacuated across the areas. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) The Woolsey Fire is seen looking towards the west valley area on November 9, 2018 in Porter Ranch, California.

The authorities have issued mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders for Los Angeles's West Hills area. So you take it personally and we haven't really had time to reflect. At one point, the Camp Fire was consuming 80 football fields worth of land per minute, fueled by winds of up to 50 mph. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said a "significant number" of homes had been destroyed by the flames but that an accurate count could not yet be made.

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It is one of three major blazes that firefighters are battling across the state.

Hospital workers and first responders evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital as the Camp Fire moves through the area on November 8, 2018 in Paradise, California.

"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.

"There's nothing left standing", said Scott Maclean, the state's forestry and fire protection spokesman.

There were reports of people abandoning their vehicles trapped in heavy traffic, clutching children and running for safety under blackened skies.

Lady Gaga posted an Instagram story saying she had evacuated her Malibu home on Friday morning.

Five people have died during massive wildfires in the USA state of California, a representative of the Butte County Sheriff's office told Sputnik. The nearby Hill Fire ignited around the same time and has since grown to 6,100 acres.

Other were found in or near homes. "All residents evacuate now", the city said via Twitter.

Using data from various government sources, spatial analytics company Esri has created two interactive maps to help people track the progression of the fires and stay up to date on traffic and smoke forecasts. Celebrity website TMZ reported that the Malibu ridge home of Caitlyn Jenner, America's best-known transgender person, was destroyed by the flames on Friday.