Moving wildfire claims 5 lives and quadruples in size in Northern California

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

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

Even so, TV reports show homes, palm trees and even power poles erupting in flames. Drought-stricken fuels, Santa Ana wind conditions, low relative humidity, high temperatures: "It's a recipe for fire", said Ventura County Fire Department Assistant Chief Chad Cook on Friday.

A Southern California wildfire continues to burn homes as it runs toward the sea.

At least five deaths have been reported and as many as 2,000 structures lost in the Paradise area.

Captain Scott McLean, of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also said there was "really no firefight involved", explaining the crews had to give up attacking the flames and turn their attention to helping people get out alive.

Thousands had to flee their homes in California wildfire.

At the hospital in Paradise, more than 60 patients were evacuated to other facilities.

Evacuations are now under way, with tens of thousands of people having already been forced to flee their homes, and hot and dry weather conditions are exacerbating the problem. "It was the event we have feared for a long time", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a Friday evening press conference.

They lived in an RV park in the California foothill town and were unlikely equipped to evacuate.

On Friday morning, gruesomely burned cars littered the side of the road.

Firefighter Adrien Mahnke pauses while battling the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018.

Flames consume a home as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise.

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At a briefing Friday, the California Office of Emergency Services announced that 52,000 people have been evacuated.

"The whole hill's on fire", she said while crying.

Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from Thursday morning.

Elsewhere, fire officials say evacuations due to a raging Southern California wildfire are expected to reach about 148,000 and structural losses are expected to be significant.

"We're just hoping that our brand new home that we were hoping to move into tomorrow is not burned to the ground", Winstead said.

Acting Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the northern part of the state to help facilitate rescue and recovery efforts.

The "Woolsey Fire" has jumped Highway 101 near the town of Agoura Hills and portions of the main coastal north-south artery have been shut down, triggering mandatory evacuations, including the entire city of Malibu.

Desperate residents fled their homes armed with pets and children to escape the burning flames.

Among the celebrity homes reportedly damaged - if not destroyed - was the home of Caitlyn Jenner, who posted an Instagram video reporting that she was in a safe house, but wasn't sure what has become of her home.

Large animals can be evacuated to the Zuma Beach parking lot in Malibu (30050 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265), and Hansen Dam Equestrian Center (11127 Orcas Ave., Lake View Terrace CA 91342).

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