Malibu Under Evacuation Orders as Massive Fire Rages

A screenshot showing helicopter footage of the Hill Fire on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

A screenshot showing helicopter footage of the Hill Fire on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

Officials have put most of Northern California under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.

The Los Angeles county fire department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"

A series of fast-moving wildfires is racing Friday up and down California, destroying thousands of structures and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate through flame-lined streets.

Voluntary evacuations of 75,000 homes had already been called for because of the Woolsey fire that affected parts of Thousand Oaks, the site of a shooting massacre this week.

The fire in Paradise burned fast, reports CBS News' David Begnaud.

Fire officials ordered the evacuation of large swaths of the beachside city of Malibu Friday as a raging fire jumped the USA 101 Freeway west of Los Angeles and raced toward the sea and the community famed for its surf and celebrity homes.

Sparking about 6:30 a.m. Thursday near Pulga Road in Butte County, the Camp Fire was reported at 70,000 acres with 5 percent containment as of Cal Fire's 8:35 a.m. Friday incident report. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

Evacuation notices were announced for Chico, which is home to around 93,000 people and is about 90 miles north of Sacramento.

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About two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious Southern California's wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home for many Hollywood celebrities.

Hidden Hills resident Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center.

Los Angeles county and city crews were assisting in the firefight, which was taking place as a second, larger brush fire raged further west in Ventura County in the Santa Rosa Valley and Thousand Oaks area.

Just 12 minutes after it started Thursday afternoon, the flames spread across United States 101, leaving several drivers temporarily stranded.

With the area still reeling from the shooting at the Thousand Oaks bar, the Hill fire has spread to 10,000 acres, quickly shutting down the 101 Freeway. The highway is expected to remain closed Friday morning, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said.

Residents took to social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in Newbury Park, which borders Thousands Oaks to the west.

The Santa Anas are strong, dry winds that high-pressure systems push from east to west, from the mountains and desert areas down into the Los Angeles area.

Fire crews Thursday morning were dealing with 40 miles per hour wind gusts.

Winds calmed in some areas and intensified in others Friday morning, National Weather Service forecasts show.

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