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

Some 75,000 homes were ordered evacuated in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, with the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeting: "imminent threat", adding that "Malibu lakes residents must leave area immediately".

"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed".

Authorities fear the fire, fueled by strong winds, could reach Chico - a city of 90,000 people where many Butte County families already have evacuated to shelters.

Around 10,000 acres of land was torched in the blaze by Thursday night, fire officials said.

Homeowners fleeing the wind-driven blaze jammed roadways as the fire crept closer to a community that is home to such movie and TV stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Ellen DeGeneres and Angelina Jolie.

As of Friday morning, the Hill Fire had charred 6,100 acres in the Camarillo area, while the Woolsey Fire had blackened 14,000 acres and destroyed a significant number of structures after starting in Woolsey Canyon east of Simi Valley, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Pimlott said 40 miles per hour wind started at the outset of the Camp Fire early Thursday. 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.

Highway 101 is now open in both directions in Ventura County, but is closed farther south in Los Angeles County due to the Woolsey Fire burning near the border between the two counties.

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"We've been pushing this and pushing this", CalFire Capt. Scott McLean said in a phone interview early Friday morning. While there have been injuries from the fire, there's no official tally of how many civilians and firefighters were hurt or possibly killed.

The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings for fire dangers in many areas of the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue through the evening.

Santa Barbara County fire agencies sent strike teams to help fight the Ventura County fires and local law enforcement agencies sent personnel south to help evacuate residents and staff road closures, sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said Friday.

As a result of the fire jumping the freeway, the City of Malibu was placed under mandatory evacuation orders, an emergency alert stated.

Responders are still assessing how many structures were lost, but the priority Friday was life safety and making sure people get evacauted from threatened areas, he said.

The Hill Fire is the other fire burning near the site of this week's mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported at 7:53 a.m. Friday that a brush fire has also broken out in Griffith Park, near the zoo.

"Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home". She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.


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