Driving through Paradise, California as the Camp Fire rages on

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

Millions of Californians remain under a "red flag" warning for conditions both ripe for fires and unhealthy air conditions.

Firefighter Adrien Mahnke pauses while battling the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018.

By Friday morning, the town's main road was littered with downed trees and power lines. A sooty squirrel scrambles up a blackened tree in a panic.

In a heartbreaking video, Paradise resident Jackie Blome posted an emotional tour on Facebook of her town. Next thing you know their house is on fire. Suddenly the vehicle breaks through a wall of smoke and emerges into the safety of a clear road.

Zoo staff have begun to evacuate some animals - starting with the lemurs - but the fire has not spread as fast as the Malibu blaze due to lighter winds.

Paradise, located on a ridge, has limited escape routes.

More than 2,200 firefighters were battling the blaze, backed up by helicopters and water tankers. 'People started getting out of their vehicles and running'. The whole hill's on fire.

Part of the Paramount Ranch, in Agoura Hills, was also destroyed by the fires; the ranch is a historic Hollywood filming location, dating back to the 1930s but most recently used as the setting for the HBO series Westworld.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said Friday firefighters are focused on saving lives and are still rescuing people from fires.

The fire remains at 5 percent contained.

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One town in northern California, the ironically named Paradise, population 27,000, has been incinerated, burned to the ground a fire which left apocalyptic scenes of empty, smouldering buildings and burned out cars in its wake.

Another fire to the west has burned more than 9 square miles in Ventura County but has slowed since reaching the footprint of a fire stripped away vegetation in 2013. Friday, officials said it had grown to 14,000 acres.

"The fires broke out less than 24 hours after a mass murder at a popular Thousand Oaks restaurant/bar, where the suspect killed 12 people including a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Ron Helus, before killing himself", Hoover said in a statement.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Malibu. Per USA Today, the three fires stretched a combined area of 33,000 acres as of Friday. "Make sure your stuff is packed and ready. I can't bear the thought of there being no Malibu". "The smoke just seems surreal", she wrote.

Meteorologists marvelled at the "gut-wrenching" rate of spread Thursday's fires exhibited. "We are still not out of the woods yet".

Fire officials said they expected it to burn all the way to the ocean.

Mark Ghilarducci provided the figure at a news briefing on Friday.

While no homes or businesses have been lost to the fast-moving blaze, a number of RVs and outbuildings have been burned and a firefighter suffered a minor injury, authorities said. "This is a very unsafe wind-driven fire".

Firefighters had hoped to stop the fire's march south at the wide expanse of US 101, but it jumped the freeway as the region's notorious Santa Ana winds spiked in the early morning hours. By Friday afternoon, she learned they had been found in nearby Chico.

Forecasters expect a break in the Santa Ana winds on Saturday and then a new round Sunday through Tuesday.

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