5 die in California wildfires, 150,000 forced to flee


The Camp Fire ignited Thursday and evolved into the most fierce of the wind-driven fires in what has been one of the worst years for wildfires in California.

The Camp Fire has killed at least five people and destroyed hundreds of homes. "We know there have been fatalities", but exact numbers still being determined by local law enforcement agencies, he said.

Almost 500 miles 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.

Flames have moved so quickly there's not a lot firefighters can do.

In Southern California, about two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home to about 13,000 residents, some of them Hollywood celebrities.

The so-called Woolsey Fire burning west of Los Angeles has surpassed 15 square miles Friday morning and is continuing to grow. "When we have conditions like this, when it's such incredible wind, that brings us into a different caliber".

Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the area and requested a federal emergency declaration, saying that high winds and dry brush presented ongoing danger. "This is a very unsafe wind-driven fire".

Luis Videgaray le entrega una carta de naturalización a Ophelia Pastrana
Ophelia Pastrana recibió la primera carta de naturalización . "Es como el "manual de convivencia" del neomexicano", señaló Pastrana .

Tens of thousands of people are under mandatory evacuation orders and Palley says that the fires in the Santa Monica Mountains, above Malibu, have developed so fast that numerous roads there have become impassable even to firefighters.

The fire remains at 5 percent contained.

By all accounts, the scrambled evacuation of Paradise was harrowing. Video from the exodus is nightmare-inducing, and is hard to watch. During the height of the blaze, firefighters completely surrendered firefighting duties in order to focus on rescuing people. "Multiple cars, vehicles left in the roadway burned out". "The whole town is gone", Gianna Wallace, a survivor, told Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Sabalow. "However, the pastors told me that they were driving through fire trying to get out of town before the flames engulfed the city".

On Friday, the massive blaze spread north, prompting officials to order the evacuation of Stirling City and Inskip, two communities north of Paradise along the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Evacuations are now under way, with tens of thousands of people having already been forced to flee their homes, and hot and dry weather conditions are exacerbating the problem. Fire surrounded the evacuation route, and drivers panicked.

A spokesman for the city confirmed families already traumatised by the shootings in Thousand Oaks are among those who have been affected by mandatory evacuation orders put in place as the fires worsen.