9 people found dead in Paradise as wildfires singe areas across California

Berkeley Fire Department responding to fires in Oakland, Butte County

Berkeley Fire Department responding to fires in Oakland, Butte County

(PG&E) came after the company said it experienced a problem with one of its major electrical transmission lines at a remote site in Northern California early Thursday, just a few minutes before reports of the so-called Camp Fire, which has caused nearly total destruction in Paradise, a town of about 26,000 people in Butte County, company officials and media reports said.

Butte county has opened a number of shelters to accommodate people who have been uprooted by the blaze.

In a statement, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said: "The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire".

By Friday evening, the fire had spread to 70,000 acres and was only 5 percent contained, fire officials said.

NASA The Camp fire in Northern California has devastated the town of Paradise, while the Hill and Woolsey fires have prompted mass evacuations in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles.

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

About two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home to about 13,000 residents, some of them Hollywood celebrities.

"We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road", said police officer Mark Bass, who lives in Paradise and works in Chico.

The 8100 hectare Camp Fire, which started on Thursday near Camp Creek, has destroyed the town of Paradise, where at least five people were killed.

The Concow School sent its 60 students home, but many faculty members are anxious about their homes, said Golden Feather Union Elementary School District Superintendent Josh Peete.

"It's hard", Cal Fire Butte County Capt. John Gaddi said. Murphy says firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place.

"This is a very unsafe wind driven fire".

The fire broke out Thursday northwest of Los Angeles and roared southward, jumping the US 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains. "Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home".

"We had to drive through flames to make it out safely", she said.

Actress Alyssa Milano, one of Kardashian's neighbors in Calabasas, wrote on Twitter that she was also evacuated. "My home is in jeopardy but. everything with a heartbeat is safe", she said.

All still wearing pajamas, the Barnett family had left their home in Thousand Oaks at 3:30 a.m. and grabbed breakfast at Denny's.

Nine people have died in raging fires in California where 150,000 people have evacuated their homes.

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