California fires: Malibu residents ordered to evacuate

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

McLean estimated that the lost buildings numbered in the thousands in Paradise, about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

The destructive Camp Fire has already burned over 18,000 acres of Butte County, Northern California as of Thursday afternoon, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire near the town of Paradise has grown to almost 110 square miles. Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames. About 15,000 structures are threatened, but the number of structures destroyed is not known.

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.

A wildfire is hopscotching across a northern California county at a rate of roughly 80 football fields per minute, forcing evacuations, injuring residents and firefighters, and sending families racing from their homes. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.

More worrying is the Woolsey Fire, which threatens about 75,000 homes in both Ventura and Los Angeles Counties - including the entire city of Malibu.

The city alert advises evacuees should travel on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and avoid canyon roads.

The Woolsey Fire broke out on Thursday and quickly jumped the 101 Freeway, a major north-south artery, in several places.

For Thousand Oaks, which had been considered one of the safest cities in the nation before a gunman massacred 12 people at a country music bar, the spasm of violence jolted the city's sense of security.

"We are still reeling, but we are also very resilient", she said.


No fatalities have been reported in two southern California wildfires.

Evacuations were ordered for the east side of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people, as flames from the blaze were being driven by 56-kilometer-per-hour winds. On Friday, it climbed over the Santa Monica Mountains toward Malibu.

Current and former residents include Barbra Streisand, Cher, Tom Hanks, Judd Apatow and Britney Spears.

The singer Lady Gaga said she had evacuated her home in Malibu, posting a video on Instagram that showed dark smoke billowing overhead.

She also can't stop thinking about whether all the people on the highway with her escaped.

Milano, a leading force in the #MeToo social movement against sexual harassment, asked for help getting five horses out of the area. The Hill Fire caused an evacuation of Cal State University-Channel Islands and about 1,000 homes.

"Pulling out of my driveway with my two big dogs in the back", actress Roma Downey tweeted Friday morning.

The singer Cher, who is performing in Las Vegas, tweeted that she was anxious about her Malibu home.

In addition to the large hillside homes that ignited and blazed brightly in the middle of the day, the "Western Town" at Paramount Ranch, a popular filming location that included an old West jail, hotel and saloon, burned to the ground.

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