Malibu Fire ‘Out of Control,’ Dozens of Homes Destroyed Including Caitlyn Jenner’s

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"We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the side of a road west of Paradise.

A fierce wildfire is burning through Southern California's upscale beach resort of Malibu - home to many Hollywood stars - destroying buildings and forcing residents to flee.

The lull Saturday would give firefighters a chance to control the edges of the blaze and to swap fire crews, replacing firefighters who had worked for two days without rest, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

U.S. president Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in California, an action which permits the state ot access federal resources, and assistance from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). People reported seeing much of the community go up in flames, including homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement center.

Rural areas fared little better.

More than 2,200 firefighters were battling the blaze, backed up by helicopters and water tankers.

Kardashian, and her sister Kourtney, said they had left their homes in nearby Calabasas late on Thursday.

In the San Francisco Bay area, some 180 miles away from Paradise, locals have been encouraged to stay indoors due to worsening air quality caused by smoke from the fire.

"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed". "Ive talked with our administration and our athletic director to see what we can do but honestly I spent the whole night wondering where my mother was, not thinking about football".

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Both fires are moving fast, fanned by strong winds. The company said it later noticed damage to a transmission tower near the town.

Fire officials have issued evacuation orders for homes in areas of Chico, Calif., which has a population of roughly 93,000 people.

The wind-driven flames also spread to the west and reached Chico, a city of 90,000 people.

Spokesman for CAL Fire Scott Maclean opened up on the devastation of Paradise City.

There were no signs of life Friday on the road to Paradise except for the occasional bird chirp.

High winds and dry vegetation made the fires spread quickly, Ventura County fire officials said, and a red flag warning was in effect until 10 p.m. Friday, promising another day of dry, hot, windy weather. A scorched vehicle with its doors open sat on the shoulder. There was alarm among some residents who anxious smoke created near the hazardous site could prove particularly risky, but authorities from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control who oversee the site say there is no evidence that smoke from the area around the SSFL is any more unsafe than other wildfire smoke.

The video resembles nothing more than a terrifying escape from Hell.

By Friday morning, some 75,000 homes across Ventura and Los Angeles counties - and extending as far south as the city of Malibu - were already under evacuation orders. Residents awoke to the stench of smoke and the morning horizon drenched in an ashen-orange that was hard to see or drive through, hindering evacuations. Some crashed and others left their vehicles by the roadside. Her father, a lineman for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, was called in from another district to help shut down power, she said.

All five victims were found in the same area of the town of Paradise, in the north of the state.