California wildfires: Incredible escape shows family drive through apocalyptic flames


Nine people were killed and hundreds of thousands ordered to evacuate as wildfires raged Saturday across California, with one rapidly spreading blaze threatening the resort of Malibu, home to Hollywood stars.

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Two destructive wildfires also burned in Southern California, tearing through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes and killing two people.

"This event was the worst-case scenario".

The fire has left nine people dead, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said Friday. "Regrettably, not everybody made it out".

The remains of five of the victims in Northern California were discovered in or near burned out cars, three outside residences and one inside a home, Butte County's Honea said.

The Ventura County Fire Department said the "Woolsey Fire" had burned around 35,000 acres, and evacuation orders were issued for some 88,000 homes in the county and neighboring Los Angeles County.

Huge plumes of smoke still rose in the fire area, which stretches miles from the northwest corner of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley to the Malibu coast.

The fire started in Ventura County but raced into Los Angeles County, chewed its way through brush and into neighborhoods of Westlake Village and Malibu. Only a day after the Camp Fire began, the blaze had destroyed more than 6,700 structures, nearly all of them homes - making it California's most destructive wildfire since record-keeping began.

The big wildfire here in Southern California, known as the "Woolsey Fire", quadrupled in size by Friday evening, covering more than 22 square miles, with no containment.

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Most of the town's buildings are in ruin. In Northern California, a visible by satellite consumed the town of Paradise on Thursday and had burned almost 110 square miles by Friday morning.

Park Billow, 27, sprays water on the hot spots in his backyard as the Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu, Calif., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

Among those forced to flee were celebrities including Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian, who said on Twitter that flames had damaged the home she shares in nearby Calabasas with Kanye West.

When the order came to evacuate, it was like the entire town of 27,000 residents chose to leave at once, they said.

The 41-year-old singer said on Instagram that he, his girlfriend and his two kids are "safe and surrounded by friends and family" and were thankful to firefighters.

The community where Kelly and his wife have lived for 28 years and raised two children was among the hardest hit by the so-called Woolsey fire that broke out Thursday, destroying at least 177 homes and leaving two people dead.

"This is just a lull", Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, "so we're going to take advantage of that and try to get as much line perimeter in as we can with the expectation that we will get more winds tomorrow".

Sheriff's officials earlier had reported six deaths. "They had us in like a caravan", Napoli said.

Paradise Vice Mayor Greg Bolin, who lost his home, said "the town is gone", adding that early reports from fire officials suggest that 80 to 90 percent of the town had burned.

On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 101 and headed into coastal areas.