Death Toll Rises To Nine As California Wildfires Continue

An unknown number of homes and buildings in Paradise have been destroyed by the Camp Fire

In less than 24 hours, the Camp Fire torched Paradise homes, - businesses, supermarkets, restaurants and a retirement home - was left "pretty much.destroyed", California Fire Capt. Scott McLean said.

In all, three major fires are burning across the state.

Harrowing tales of escape and heroic rescues emerged from Paradise, where the entire community of 27,000 was ordered to evacuate.

There was no estimated time to contain the fire, but officials said they would hold a daily news conference from the same location and time if conditions permit, until the fire is out. As many as 1,385 people are in shelters.

"The magnitude of the destruction of the fire is unbelievable and heartbreaking", said Mark Ghilarducci, of the California governor's office.

Where is the Woolsey Fire spreading to?

The Woolsey blaze shut down 101 Freeway after causing the evacuations of 75,000 homes in parts of Thousands Oaks in northwest Los Angeles, the site of a shooting massacre by a former United States marine this week. The blaze broke out in the Hill Canyon area and in just 12 minutes jumped the 101 Freeway.

A firefighter keeps watch as the wildfire burns a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. There is also a power outage in the Big Rock neighborhood, which is outside the immediate evacuation area. On Instagram she urged people to "pray for Calabasas".

"I was frantic", she said. West tweeted on Friday that "our family is safe and close".

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The singer Cher, who is performing in Las Vegas, tweeted that she was anxious about her Malibu home.

The singer Lady Gaga said she had evacuated her home in Malibu, posting a video on Instagram that showed dark smoke billowing overhead. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) The Woolsey Fire is seen looking towards the west valley area on November 9, 2018 in Porter Ranch, California.

Where is the Camp Fire?

A nurse called Rita Miller on Thursday morning, telling her she had to get her disabled mother, who lives a few blocks away, and flee Paradise immediately. The Tubbs Fire, which destroyed 5,636 structures in Napa and Sonoma counties in October 2017, is listed by Cal Fire as the most destructive in state history.

The resort is one of the most in-demand locations in California for Hollywood stars seeking privacy and luxury, and has been home to Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt and a host of other celebrities.

The sheriff says they have taken 35 reports of missing people.

"This event was the worst-case scenario". "It was the event we have feared for a long time".

Wind in the valley calmed down, but they were still shifting and erratic along the ridgetops, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, he said.

The blazes ― dubbed the Woolsey and Hill fires ― ignited Thursday evening and had spread to 35,000 and 6,100 acres, respectively, as of Friday evening, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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