At least 1,000 structures destroyed by fast-moving fire in Northern California

At least 1,000 structures destroyed by fast-moving fire in Northern California

While some residents of the towns located about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco left on their own accord Thursday night, the official evacuation orders in and around the area didn't begin until Friday morning.

Almost 800km to the south, a second blaze forced the evacuation of the upscale oceanside city of Malibu and threatened the beleaguered town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people this week in a rampage in a bar and dance hall. "These firefighters were in the rescue mode all day yesterday".

Meanwhile, two wildfires burning near Los Angeles have forced thousands more to evacuate, including the entire city of Malibu. "It's always been Paradise, and we will bring it back". "We had to drive through flames to make it out safely", Hall told CNN via Instagram.

NASA Massive plumes of smoke billow Friday over the state.

Among the towns under evacuation orders is Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people in a rampage on Wednesday.

The winds calmed down in the valley, but they were still shifting and erratic, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) along ridge tops, he said.

Resident Shari Bernacett told the Associated Press that she "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to get mobile home residents to leave as fire consumed the hillside. "It's that kind of devastation", he said.

Around 75,000 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties are now under mandatory evacuations due to the Woolsey and Hill fires.

In Southern California, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire raging through the Santa Monica Mountains was headed to the ocean.

The so-called Camp Fire, which has grown to more than 70,000 acres, is moving quickly and making it hard for officials to search for other victims.

Reporter Laura Anthony, of the local ABC station KGO, shot video of a "firenado" in Paradise Thursday.

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.

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

When Paradise was evacuated, the order set off a desperate exodus in which many motorists got stuck in gridlocked traffic and abandoned their vehicles to flee on foot.

'Things started exploding, ' said resident Gina Oviedo.

Actor James Woods started the hashtag #CampFireJamesWoods, retweeting missing-person reports to his more than 1.8 million followers.

Many abandoned their cars and trucks on the side of the road.

"It's a worst-case scenario", Bass said.

Thick gray smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.

"Not one home will be left standing", he said.

One woman, Kim Curtis, said she was searching for her grandmother, a woman in her 70s who had said she was fleeing with her cat but had failed to turn up at an arranged meeting point and was not contactable.

Chico police officer John Barker and his partner evacuated several seniors from an apartment complex.

"There are quite a few of them we've seen, trying to escape the flames and get out, get to safety, because their home, their habitat, is on fire", she said.

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