A quarter of a million people were driven out of their homes across the country as the campfire in the north and two more major fires – Woolsey and Hill – in Southern California burned down this weekend.
Evacuees trapped in traffic dropped their cars and ran with their children in tow when the campfire arrived in Butte County, California.
• Fatalities: The The rapid fire at Camp Camp killed at least nine people in Northern California. Some were in cars and others nearby or in houses. The dead were not identified.
• burning and waxing: The campfire is the largest of the three major fires that swells to 100,000 acres on Saturday morning, according to the Californian Ministry of Forestry and Fire Safety (Cal Fire). The Woolsey Fire doubled overnight and grew to 70,000 hectares. The hill fire was on 4,500 hectares.
• Massive evacuations: The fire department estimates that the number of people expelled nationwide from their homes is more than 250,000.
• Containment: Firefighters fight to tear down the flames. The campfire is 20% contained, while the Woolsey fire remains uncontrolled. The hillfire was included at 25%.
• Destruction: In northern California, nearly 7,000 buildings have been destroyed, including 80% to 90% of the homes in Paradise north of Sacramento. In the districts of Los Angeles and Ventura, a significant number of homes have been destroyed or damaged.
The campfire has killed at least nine people in paradise and destroyed 6,453 buildings.
The bodies of five people were found in or near a vehicle, and the other four were inside or outside a house.
After the eruption on early Thursday morning, it took only a few hours for the fire to explode. Paradise was among the first communities a city about 80 miles north of Sacramento.
Families ran off to escape the flame as they consumed most of the city. Footage taken by evacuees showed flames along streets, scorching trees, and devouring houses.
The city was largely empty and the main street was full of fallen trees and power lines. Burned out cars line black roadsides abandoned in the panic and chaos of the evacuations.
"We plan to rebuild," Paradise Mayor Jody Jones told CNN. "It's going to be a process – a lot of hard work, a lot of coming together.
"We want paradise to be paradise again."
An estimated 52,000 people were evacuated to Butte County, where Paradise is located.
Firefighters said three firefighters and some civilians were injured, but details of their injuries are unknown. According to the authorities, about 35 people were reported missing.
More than 200,000 people fled to Ventura County and Malibu in the Los Angeles district because of Woolsey Fire, officials said.
Firefighters worked at Pepperdine University on Saturday to protect thousands of students and local employees as the flames reached campus overnight.
The fire crossed US 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks – the site where a bar was shot on Wednesday night – and headed south to the Pacific Coast towards Malibu Creek State Park and the city of Malibu, the fire of the Los Angeles County Division said.
In Malibu, forced evictions were ordered for the entire city of about 12,000 inhabitants, which is known for its famous beach houses.
The howling Santa Ana Wind lit the Woolsey Fire. These are strong, dry winds that carry high-pressure systems from east to west, from mountains and desert areas to the Los Angeles area.
It is predicted that a round of Santa Ana winds will whip the area from Sunday to Tuesday, although it may be weaker than Friday's.
The fire started on Thursday and initially spread rapidly, lighting 10,000 acres in six hours. But the firefighters have made some progress.
Part of the fast-moving flame burned into the footprints of a 2013 forest fire that could slow its spread, said Ventura Fire Guards Mark Lorenzen.
No houses or shops were lost, but a number of campers and outbuildings were burned down, and a fireman suffered a minor injury, according to the authorities.
Chuck Johnston, Dave Alsup, Dan Watts, Silvio Carrillo, Jim Castel, Steve Almasy and Hollie Silverman of CNN contributed to this report.
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