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Woolsey Fire: California blaze advances on Malibu

Woolsey Fire: California blaze advances on Malibu

That made it one of the most destructive blazes in state history, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire protection data.

Malibu is the latest California town to be evacuated, as three separate wildfires tear through the state.

Raging wildfires across California have killed at least five people and driven 157,000 people from their homes, fire officials said Friday.

The sheriff's office reported that the five bodies, found in burned-out cars along the highway, could not immediately be identified and that autopsies would be performed to determine identity and cause of death. "The task is hard as the fire is still active and there are many hazards in areas where fatalities have been reported".

"We have over 300 Los Angeles County firefighters here, and as mentioned collectively, that's going to grow, as we continue to battle this fire, as it is headed to the Pacific Ocean", Richardson said.

About 148,000 residents in Ventura and Los Angeles counties have evacuated or in process of evacuating, including a mandatory evacuation for all of Malibu, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. Wind gusts could reach 70 miles per hour and relative humidity could be as low as 2 percent in Southern California on Friday, creating the conditions for the fire to rapidly spread.

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At least five people were killed when raging wildfire engulfed their vehicles in Butte County, the USA state of California, authorities said on Friday.

Powered by Santa Ana winds and dry air, the Woolsey Fire - which erupted Thursday afternoon in Ventura County before it raced into Los Angeles County - chewed its way through brush and into neighborhoods of Westlake Village, Malibu, and Oak Park.

Horses are spooked as the Woolsey Fire moves through the property on Cornell Road near Paramount Ranch on November 9, 2018 inAgoura Hills, California. "It was the event we have feared for a long time", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a Friday evening press conference.

Evacuation notices were set for homes on the east side of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people about 90 miles north of Sacramento. Cars and trucks, some with trailers attached, were left on the roadside as evacuees ran for their lives, said Bass, the police officer. And with a lull in the winds, Osby said firefighters will be establishing line perimeters as a means of controlling and knocking down the fire. "They were going off like bombs", said Karen Auday, who escaped to a nearby town.

The rapidly expanding Camp fire blazing through Northern California has disrupted phone and internet service, according to Butte County.

The freeway was closed in both directions near the Liberty Canyon Road exit due to "very active fire conditions", authorities said.


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