California wildfires destroy thousands of structures and force emergency evacuations

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Thousands of residents just outside Los Angeles have been ordered to evacuate immediately as a massive wildfire advances, fanned by strong winds.

Approximately 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

"The first part of this fuel bed had not seen fire for many years", Cook said Thursday.

Just 12 minutes after it started Thursday afternoon, the flames spread across USA 101, leaving several drivers temporarily stranded.

The 20,000 acre (8,100 hectare) Camp Fire, which started on Thursday near Camp Creek, is being driven west by 35 miles per hour (56 kmh) winds, fire officials said.

A separate massive blaze raging in Northern California since Thursday morning has almost quadrupled in size overnight, according to one Californian fire official.

Raging wildfires across California have forced 157,000 people from their homes, and have led to at least one death in the north of the state, officials say.

Cal Fire has used aircraft minimally because high winds diminish their effectiveness in dropping retardant, Pimlott explained during Friday morning's press conference.

It quickly spread southwest toward Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks, the community still reeling from a mass shooting on Wednesday night, before making its way to the coast.

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One wrote: 'I would leave just in case fire can move quick at the end of the day everything is replaceable except life stay safe!'

The Hill Fire is another battle firefighters in Ventura County are contending with.

With their habitat ablaze, wildlife have been also forced out of their homes by the Woolsey Fire.

Cal State Channel Islands has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the campus due to the fire, and all classes and activities have been canceled this evening, according to a news release from campus officials.

Some 20,000 acres of land have been left scorched in the wake of the fires, which remain zero percent under control as of Friday afternoon, according to officials.

Now a brush fire is threatening the surrounding area. Gaddie explained how his team was able to evacuate Paradise city residents in a short amount of time.

Saddlebow between Maverick Lane and Morgan Road in Bell Canyon, north of Hwy 101, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle, east of state Route 23. The Calabasas campus is also evacuated.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire", said a statement, adding that they had yet to be identified.