At least 1,000 structures destroyed by fast-moving fire in Northern California

Satellite Image taken at 3:12 p.m. The blue lake in the center with the white line through it is Lake Tahoe with California's border overlayed in white

Satellite Image taken at 3:12 p.m. The blue lake in the center with the white line through it is Lake Tahoe with California's border overlayed in white

A fast-moving wildfire that ravaged a Northern California town Thursday sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire as thick smoke darkened the daytime sky, wiping out what a Cal Fire official said was a couple of thousand structures.

Almost 800 kilometres to the south, a second blaze forced the evacuation of the upscale oceanside city of Malibu and threatened the beleaguered town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people this week in a rampage in a bar and dance hall.

The fire has burned about 10,000 acres, according to officials, and at least 75,000 residents in both counties have been evacuated. "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us".

Some of the evacuation orders were for residents within the City of Los Angeles in the West Hills area. Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames.

A group of US Forest Service firefighters monitor a back fire while battling to save homes at the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, US November 8, 2018.

The number of evacuations remains at 52,000 people so far, but the number of total structures destroyed has risen to 6,713.

Dawn Johnson says she hasn't been able to reach her father or his wife who live in an RV park in Paradise that's believed to have burned in the fire.

The fire has also reportedly destroyed one of the sets for the TV series Westworld. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 69 square kilometres, Gaddie said.

PG&E officials on Friday said the utility experienced problem on transmission line minutes before the massive Camp Fire in Butte County erupted. "And if you've been told to go, get out of there".

The entire town was ordered evacuated, setting off a desperate exodus in which many motorists got struck in gridlocked traffic and abandoned their vehicles to flee foot. "People started getting out of their vehicles and running".

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A vintage auto rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise. Paradise is 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

At the hospital in Paradise, more than 60 patients were evacuated to other facilities. Fire officials said it was also moving toward the ocean. "My home is in jeopardy but. everything with a heartbeat is safe", she said.

Four of the hospital's employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.

Other were found in or near homes.

Spokesman for CAL Fire Scott Maclean opened up on the devastation of Paradise City.

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

Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from on Thursday morning.

"I'm just so grateful for them", she said. "They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

Among those force to flee the Woolsey Fire, which had charred some 35,000 acres (14,164 hectares) as of Friday afternoon, were celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian, who said on Twitter flames had damaged the home she shares in nearby Calabasas with Kanye West.

It easily jumped eight-lane Highway 101 and rambled over the Santa Monica Mountains to posh Malibu, where it torched homes and cars. As of Thursday evening, it remained zero per cent contained. But winds are blamed for pushing the fire through scenic canyon communities and ridgetop homes. Authorities shut down the 101 Freeway in both directions at Camarillo Springs Road.

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