Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire near the town of Paradise has grown to almost 110 square miles. Pieces of bodies were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags.
Authorities say nine people have been confirmed dead in a Northern California wildfire. "They are a terrifying and deadly force of nature".
"The wind came up, and it was just raining (embers), and I was just burning on my arms", he said.
Chief Daryl Osby of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said during a Saturday morning press conference in Thousand Oaks that a lull in the weather is helping firefighters battle the blaze, but the break is only temporary.
At least five deaths have been reported and as many as 2,000 structures lost in the Paradise area.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said Friday firefighters are focused on saving lives and are still rescuing people from fires.
"I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires & grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones", Lady Gaga said.
Some of the evacuation orders were for residents within the City of Los Angeles in the West Hills area. "There are very few homes still standing and we've been in multiple different neighborhoods this afternoon", Mayor Jody Jones said. Those hoping to donate can do so directly by searching "donate Southern California fires" and their donation will be redirected to the center.
California firefighters are slamming US President Donald Trump for a tweet in which he incorrectly asserted that this week's devastating fires were the result of poor forest management.
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Acting Governor Gavin Newsom called a state of emergency in Butte County. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.
The Woolsey Fire broke out on Thursday and quickly jumped the 101 Freeway, a major north-south artery, in several places. "We pretty much had enough time to get the dogs in the trunk".
Among the celebrity homes reportedly damaged - if not destroyed - was the home of Caitlyn Jenner, who posted an Instagram video reporting that she was in a safe house, but wasn't sure what has become of her home.
Actress Alyssa Milano, one of Kardashian's neighbors in Calabasas, wrote on Twitter that she was also evacuated.
The wildfire reached Paramount Ranch, destroying the Western Town sets used for hundreds of productions including HBO'S sci-fi western "Westworld", officials and the network said. Pacific Gas & Electric Company on Friday told state regulators that shortly before the fire started, one of its nearby high-voltage power lines had malfunctioned, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for more than 52,000 people in the scenic area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Jones said one of the town's two elementary schools, Paradise Elementary, burned down.