N. California wildfire claims 5 lives and quadruples in size

The massive plume from the Camp Fire burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise Calif. wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico Calif. on Thursday Nov. 8 2018. Authorities in Northern California have ordered mandatory evacuations

The massive plume from the Camp Fire burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise Calif. wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico Calif. on Thursday Nov. 8 2018. Authorities in Northern California have ordered mandatory evacuations

With fires burning in both Northern and Southern California, the director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services put the number of people forced from their homes at 157,000.

Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Dave Richardson says 45,000 people in Ventura County and 43,000 more in Los Angeles County were ordered to evacuate overnight. All of the people were found dead in their cars, which were "overcome by the Camp Fire", the sheriff said.

In geographical terms, the current fire crisis is occurring in two locations: north of Sacramento, on a fire front known as the "Camp" fire, and on the north-western fringe of Los Angeles, where the "Woolsey" and "Hill" fires are burning.

The massive blaze spread north Friday, prompting officials to order the evacuation of Stirling City and Inskip, two communities north of Paradise along the Sierra Nevada foothills.

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

Sheriff Korey Honea said reports of more deaths are being investigated.

Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town. "Multiple cars, vehicles left in the roadway burned out".

Smoke from the fire drifted in a huge plume and set off smoke alarms as far away as San Francisco, almost 150 miles away.

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"Things started exploding", Oviedo said.

The Los Angeles county fire department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"

Sadly, when 27,000 residents are ordered to evacuate in a matter of hours, there's little that can be done to ensure every resident gets out safely. Miller at first scoffed at the notion of getting back in a vehicle.

Malibu is less than 20 miles away from Thousand Oaks, a town that is still reeling from Wednesday's mass shooting where former US Marine combat veteran Ian Long opened fire in a bar packed with college students, killing 12 people.

On Thursday, as flames engulfed Paradise, frantic residents racing to safety plunged into the thick smoke that darkened the daytime sky and made driving hard.

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

"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. It began early Thursday morning, and and grew so rapidly that it reached some 18,000 acres (7,200 hectares) as of Thursday afternoon.

Morgan Mason said her father told her that he could hear propane tanks blowing up all over Paradise this morning. "We're anxious sick. They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

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