Southern California Wildfire Triggers Evacuation Order for Malibu

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Down the road from the Thousand Oaks shooting, people are being evacuated because of a wildfire

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.

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 20,000 acre (8,100 hectare) Camp Fire, which started on Thursday near Camp Creek, is being driven west by 35 miles per hour (56 kmh) winds, fire officials said.

- Crews were battling multiple wind-driven brush fires on Friday, leaving several structures damaged, forcing thousand of homes to evacuate and closing some area schools and roadways.

The blaze that started Thursday morning east of Paradise and decimated the town also spread to the west.

Melissa Etheridge was also forced to evacuate, and tweeted that she was safe in Santa Monica. The fast-moving Woolsey Fire had burned more than 14,000 acres Friday.

"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott Maclean, referring to Paradise, which has a population of 26,000.

The fire was driven by heavy winds last night.

"There are quite a few of them we've seen, trying to escape the flames and get out, get to safety, because their home, their habitat, is on fire", she said.

Five people died in Northern California when flames engulfed their vehicles as they attempted to flee Paradise, a mountain town north of Sacramento mostly destroyed by one of three wildfires raging across the state, authorities said on Friday.

Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu house has reportedly burned down in the Woolsey Fire.

The Woolsey Fire is not far from the Hill Fire, which quickly spread to 10,000 acres on Thursday.

Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

Friday morning, fire officials reported that the fire had jumped Highway 101 near the city of Calabasas. While there have been injuries from the fire, there's no official tally of how many civilians and firefighters were hurt or possibly killed.

North of Kanan Road, west of Lindero Canyon to SR-23 extending north of Sunset Hills Boulevard along Erbes Road to Olson Road.

Under dry, Santa Ana conditions, once again California is ablaze.

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