Woolsey Fire burns 8,000 acres; 75K homes under evacuation orders

Large fire threatens Ventura County communities 101 Freeway closed hundreds evacuated

In Southern California, two fires burned near the town of Thousand Oaks with towering smoke clouds visible at the site of a mass shooting where a gunman killed more than a dozen people just hours earlier.

At least two bodies were discovered in the Woolsey Fire burn area in Southern California on Friday as wildfires continued to rage across the state, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said.

Thousands of people in California have had to flee ahead of a wildfire that has consumed thousands of hectares of land and continues to grow, courtesy of strong winds.

Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had grown to nearly 140 square miles and destroyed more than 6,700 structures - almost all of them homes.

Evacuation orders were imposed overnight affecting tens of thousands of residents in both counties, and at 10 a.m. Friday, mandatory evacuation orders were expanded to include the entire city of Malibu.

Reality star Kim Kardashian, actress Alyssa Milano, and director Guillermo del Toro were among the many celebrities forced to pack up and flee their upscale homes in Calabasas and Malibu with flames licking their heels. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said.

He said another 35 people were missing and three firefighters had been injured.

Numerous dead are people who were in their cars attempting to flee the racing flames.

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"We have five confirmed", the official said on Friday when asked about the number of fatalities related to the wildfires. Paradise is popular with retirees, and has a population of about 27,000.

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

Lady Gaga shared videos on Instagram of everyone being evacuated against a backdrop of huge plumes of smoke.

Captain Scott McLean, of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also said there was "really no firefight involved", explaining the crews had to give up attacking the flames and turn their attention to helping people get out alive. He evacuated his family and then returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man trying to carry his bedridden wife to safety.

Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire is heading towards the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!" "God is good. I'm just praying everyone is safe" she wrote. The flames moved so fast that some had to abandon their cars and escape the town on foot.

LA County Fire tweeted: "Fire has jumped the 101 fwy near Chesebro and is headed to Ocean Mandatory Evacuations, 101 Fwy to the coast between Las Virgenes Cyn /Malibu Cyn Rd.to the LA County line".

Fire officials have also issued evacuation notices for parts of Chico, a town of 93,000 people north of Sacramento.

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