Paradise HS football team concedes playoff game due to devastating fire

New mandatory evacuations issued as 4,000-acre Woolsey fire tears into Oak Park burning homes

He says the fire's pace forced firefighters to focus on life-protection rather than saving structures and he expects that yet-to-be-determined number to be significant.

The victims were all found in vehicles that were torched by the fast-moving blaze in the Butte County town of Paradise, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

The Butte County Coroner's Office has formed an interagency team to investigate and identify additional fatalities, according to the release.

Heavy smoke and strong winds hampered visibility for crews on the firelines and residents trying to evacuate fire zones. This means some phone numbers are down. Meanwhile, an as-yet-unnamed fire in Griffith Park started Friday morning; it has already burned 30 acres and is forcing the evacuation of animals at the zoo.

Wildfires also erupted in Southern California. "All residents, from Ventura County Line to the area of the Getty Villa and the Ventura (101) Freeway to the ocean, must evacuate as soon as possible".

In Southern California, the 4,047ha Woolsey Fire led authorities on Friday morning to expand mandatory evacuation orders to the entire city of Malibu, known for the many celebrities that call it home. The Hill fire pushed through canyons to the edge of Camarillo Springs and Cal State Channel Islands, both of which were evacuated.

Flames from the unchecked, 20 000-acre (8 100-hectare) Camp Fire were being driven westward by 35-mile-per hour (56 km-per-hour) winds, fire officials said.

Intense winds and low humidity are feeding the flames.

A California fire official says six major fires are burning around the state, and characterized three of them as "critical".

The flames turned what it touched to ash as it forced a citywide Malibu evacuation and sent residents scrambling to find a way out of the burn area. Herrera, who lives in Paradise with her 88-year-old husband Lou Herrera, left a frantic voicemail at around 9:30 a.m. saying they needed to get out.

Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean told the Associated Press earlier Friday, "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation".

State fire officials on Twitter announced that firefighters from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Draper, Provo, Bluffdale, Cedar City and Hurricane, Washington County, are also en route to assist with the fire. A state fire official said the Camp Fire had almost quadrupled overnight to 285 square kilometers.

As of Friday afternoon, the area affected has turned into a 110-square-mile inferno, with 70,000 acres lost, thousands of structures destroyed, and a containment estimate of only five percent.

The L.A. Times reported that a total of 75,000 homes in both Ventura and Los Angeles counties are now under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, including Westlake Village and parts of Calabasas, where numerous entertainers including Alyssa Milano and Kim Kardashian have lavish homes.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Malibu.

A former US Marine combat veteran opened fire in a bar packed with college students in the town on Wednesday night, killing 12 people and stunning a leafy community with a reputation for safety. At least 75,000 homes in western Los Angeles and eastern Ventura County were evacuated.

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