Thousands flee as three California blazes leave trails of destruction


The fire has burned more than 14,000 acres and all of Malibu is under mandatory evacuation.

A separate blaze, Hill Fire, had also devastated 10,000 acres by Thursday night, fire officials said.

Three fires across northern and southern California have scorched thousands of acres fanned by strong Santa Ana winds.

Thankfully, Derrickson's family is safe, but he announced that he's going offline for a while he deals with the tragedy of losing his home.

California fire captain Scott McLean said earlier that "pretty much the entire community of Paradise is destroyed", adding that the fire had grown to nearly 110 square miles - four times its original size.

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Near Oak Park, the town of Thousand Oaks - still reeling from a mass shooting on Wednesday night - has also been threatened by the encroaching blaze. (Chico is about 90 miles north of Sacramento.) 35 mph winds are hampering efforts to contain the blaze, which has already destroyed the town of Paradise, burning more than 1,000 homes and the town hospital.

Paradise resident Whitney Vaughn described the chaotic evacuations on roads lined with burning trees.

"The smoke was getting so thick, it was getting in the house", Mary said. Officials have put most of Northern California under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.

Cal State Channel Islands has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the campus due to the fire, and all classes and activities have been canceled this evening, according to a news release from campus officials.

An earlier report said that five people were fatally killed in the fire while they were in a van trying to outrun the fire.

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The singer took to Twitter to say thank you to firefighters and first responders who risk their lives to fight the devastating fires causing damage all over the state.

Another fire to the west has burned more than 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) in Ventura County but has slowed since reaching the footprint of a fire stripped away vegetation in 2013.

Fire officials ordered the evacuation of large swaths of the beachside city of Malibu Friday as a raging fire jumped the USA 101 Freeway west of Los Angeles and raced toward the sea and the community famed for its surf and celebrity homes.

Late Thursday, more than 2,200 firefighters were battling the flames and the fire remains uncontained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Jerry Brown is traveling out of state.

A section of U.S. Highway 101, the main link between Los Angeles and Ventura and Santa Barbara, was closed because of fire.

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