California wildfires: 150,000 evacuated as death toll climbs

Satellite Image taken at 3:12 p.m. The blue lake in the center with the white line through it is Lake Tahoe with California's border overlayed in white

Satellite Image taken at 3:12 p.m. The blue lake in the center with the white line through it is Lake Tahoe with California's border overlayed in white

And on Friday, Newsom also declared a state of emergency for the raging fires also ravaging Ventura County near Los Angeles as well.

"It is critical that residents pay close attention to evacuation orders", the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted.

Flames were engulfing homes, utility poles were crashing down and things were exploding, she said.

Evacuations were ordered for all communities south of USA 101, including the entire city of Malibu, where the population of about 13,000 includes many celebrities.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference on Friday that the remains of five victims were found in or near burnt-out cars. "I'm driving through fire as we speak".

'We're getting them on other vehicles with room. "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us". "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said. Paradise is 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Last June, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection report determined that PG&E power lines and equipment failures were to blame for 12 of the catastrophic wildfires. In Northern California, a blaze visible by satellite consumed the town of Paradise on Thursday and had burned almost 110 square miles by Friday morning.

In Southern California, strong Santa Ana winds were fanning two fires, including the Woolsey Fire, which by Friday morning had burned across United States 101 and was heading in the direction of Malibu.

The dry heat and limited rainfall - in some places, no rainfall at all - contributed to the fire's spread.

. Among those evacuated were all of the patients at the Feather River Hospital in Paradise.

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At least 40,000 residents were forced to evacuate from Butte County as the fire burned 70,000 acres.

A lot of the resources assigned to the Hill Fire were transferred to the Woolsey Fire, which became the priority for firefighting efforts with heavy air support and hundreds of personnel working Friday. Celebrity website TMZ reported that the Malibu ridge home of Caitlyn Jenner, America's best-known transgender person, was destroyed by the flames on Friday.

The Woolsey Fire appeared to be the more unsafe of the two blazes, and was burning south through the Kanan Road corridor toward Malibu and the ocean.

Four hospital employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.

Shari Bernacett said she and her husband tried to get people to leave the mobile home park they manage in Paradise and had minutes to evacuate.

The LA County Sheriff's Office said it was receiving "many emergent phone calls" from people who "need our help to evacuate" and urged motorists in the area to be aware of emergency vehicles.

She cried as she recorded video of the terrifying scene, which she posted to Facebook. "Ive talked with our administration and our athletic director to see what we can do but honestly I spent the whole night wondering where my mother was, not thinking about football". Miller jumped in her boyfriend's rickety pickup truck, which was low on gas and equipped with a bad transmission.

Officials were sending as many crews as they could gather, Carhart said. Fire surrounded the evacuation route, and drivers panicked.

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