Five killed in cars as California wildfires cause devastation

New mandatory evacuations issued as 4,000-acre Woolsey fire tears into Oak Park burning homes

A firefighter battles embers from a burning home off Wembly Avenue and Lindero Canyon Road on Thursday night

Almost 2,300 fire personnel are battling the blaze.

West of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire has jumped a major highway and is now threatening coastal areas, including parts of Malibu. She had to turn her vehicle around and head in another direction to escape, but that all the while, it "scared me to death". Forecasts predict continued windy and dry conditions through the weekend, particularly in the northern part of the state, paired with low humidity, a lack of precipitation, and dry vegetation, which are expected to make fire danger worse in some of California's most populated areas. Nervous relatives posted on Twitter or called 911 dispatchers hoping to find loved ones behind the fire line.

"Much of the city of Malibu" is under mandatory evacuation orders, officials said in an alert.

At least five people died in a Northern California wildfire as they desperately tried to flee in their cars, officials said Friday.

The Woolsey Fire raged along the Los Angeles Ventura County line on November 9, 2018.

Active investigations are underway on all three fires, "particularly the Camp Fire", Pimlott said.

McLean said the fire fight was hampered by winds of up to 40 miles per hour, which spread embers far ahead of the main fire after it started around 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

They say it was like the entire town of 27,000 residents decide to leave at once.

Early Friday, the city of Malibu was ordered to evacuate as a wildfire approached the coastal area.

Motorists began abandoning their cars, fleeing on foot with their children in tow.

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A wildfire burns boats on Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

In northern California, the Camp Fire, reportedly named by local officials, nearly completely destroyed the community of Paradise, fire captain Scott McLean told the Associated Press.

Butte County Sheriff's Office said an evacuation ordered had been issued for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip.

Ellerton, in an email to CNN, said it was odd to go from covering events related to Wednesday's shooting "to looking up in the afternoon and seeing plumes of smoke". Last night it covered just 2,000 acres.

Another neighbor said the fire was "like a freight train" and praised firefighters for saving so many homes.

Christy Dawn Little abandoned her Oak Park home, northeast of Thousand Oaks, around 11 p.m. (2 a.m. ET).

With the area still reeling from the shooting at the Thousand Oaks bar, the Hill fire has spread to 10,000 acres, quickly shutting down the 101 Freeway.

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. Millions of Californians remain under a "red flag" warning for conditions both ripe for fires and unhealthy air conditions. As of CalFire's latest updates, neither of the two southern blazes were even partially contained, and the Ventura County Fire Department announced that it would be deploying tactical aircraft to battle the fires "as wind and smoke conditions allow".

On the southeast side of the fire the Jarbo Gap weather station recorded overnight wind speeds of 28 miles per hour gusting to 44 with 18 percent relative humidity.

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