California Wildfire Toll: 9 Lives, Thousands of Homes, Buildings

Nurse Cassie Lerossignol hugs as coworker as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise Calif. on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

The charred remains of the burned out home are seen in Malibu, Calif., Nov. 10, 2018.

The bodies were recovered in and around Paradise, California, a mountain community some 90 miles (145 km) north of Sacramento left devastated by the Camp Fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott Maclean said.

Fanned by high winds and fueled by low humidity and dry vegetation, California's fires have spread rapidly Thursday and overnight into Friday.

Portions of Southern California remain under siege as two large brush fires are threatening numerous communities.

The two fires erupted Thursday as warnings of extreme fire danger covered much of the state because of dry weather and blowing winds.

Of the nine confirmed fatalities, five were found inside cars that were overwhelmed by flames, three outside residences, and one inside a home, facebook.com/bcsonews/photos/pb.119221578228129.

An additional 35 people had been reported missing and three firefighters had been injured.

Evacuation center locations, road closure and school closure information for the fires can be found on the Ventura County emergency page here and through the county hotline at 805-465. The county is also the location of a mass shooting this week that killed 12 people. The fast-moving Camp Fire killed at least nine people in Northern California.

A group of Cal Fire firefighters monitor ambers from a toppled wall while battling the Camp Fire in Paradise on Friday. Officials say the blaze is only 5 percent contained. It took more than 3 hours to make it through the gridlock.

The utility said it will cooperate with any investigations, though PG&E spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said Friday the information was preliminary and stressed that the cause of the fire has not been determined. "It completely ignores the dynamic of what's going on around us", he told the Chronicle.

One fire that broke out near the northeast corner of Los Angeles has roared westward, jumped US 101 in the Calabasas area and is surging up the Santa Monica Mountains.

But an expected narrow window of calm is giving firefighters hope of slowing the flames that have marched a path of destruction toward the sea, burning everything from mobile homes to mansions.

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United Way of Los Angeles: The L.A. chapter of the organization is teaming up with the United Way of Ventura County to accept donations though its disaster relief fund. In Los Angeles and Ventura counties, a significant number of homes were destroyed or damaged, fire officials said.

Almost a dozen homes in Bell Canyon were wiped out by the raging Woolsey Fire, adding to the blaze's path of destruction. It traveled into an old burn scar, where a previous fire had passed years ago.

Firefighting resources were stretched thin.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who lives just north of coastal Malibu in Calabasas, revealed on Instagram that she was forced to flee her home. The other victims were found near or inside homes that burned.

"I'm sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames", she wrote on Twitter. We've made requests to the state and federal governments but there's other fires and competing challenges. I'm assuming I lost my home. "We're kind of all shaking right now".

A source with knowledge of the incident said those who perished November 9 were an Oak Park man and his mother, killed when the vehicle they were driving in was overcome by flames in Decker Canyon, a narrow, winding road that travels from Westlake Village to the ocean.

"I'm anxious about my house, but there is nothing I can do". She said she has had a house in Malibu since 1972 and "can't bear the thought of there being no Malibu".

In Agoura Hills, the fire reportedly claimed the house used to film the reality dating show "The Bachelor", as well as Paramount Ranch, where "Westworld" is filmed.

The Woolsey blaze was also burning in parts of Los Angeles County. "The animals that were relocated have been safely moved back to their habitats and are doing well", the zoo said. "We're working very hard to get people out".

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday morning saying: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor". He blamed the fires - still burning in both Northern and Souther California - on "gross mismanagement of the forests".

Given the fires' rapid movement and volatile conditions, The Los Angeles Times is maintaining a live feed with the most current data available.

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