Late Friday Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea updated the Camp Fire death toll. Their identities were not yet known.
"Things started exploding", said resident Gina Oviedo. Many got stuck in gridlocked traffic trying to escape.
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.
According to Esri, it should be updated soon with pins for the Camp Fire and the fires in Los Angeles, both of which just broke out yesterday. The fire near the Northern California town of Paradise has grown to almost 110 square miles.
A terrifying "firenado" has been seen swirling in the scorched debris of a fire ravaged California. Thick wooden posts holding up guardrails continued to burn.
The evacuation order was for all homes west of Valley Circle Boulevard with from Roscoe Boulevard at the north end and south to Vanowen Street. Many homes have propane tanks that were exploding amid the flames.
Police officer Mark Bass, who lives in the hard-hit town of Paradise and works in neighboring Chico, said: 'We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road. He described the community as having a lot of elderly residents, some with no vehicles.
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. He worked so long in the flames and smoke that he needed to use oxygen Thursday night at his home, but he refused to leave.
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On Friday, the flames jumped the highway and headed into coastal areas.
"We never heard from them again", Lee said. The bucolic country landscape dotted with bay and oak trees will take years to recover.
Rural areas fared little better. "Multiple cars, vehicles left in the roadway burned out".
Today, the small town of Stirling City was evacuated.
At the hospital with the stranded patients, some buildings caught fire and were damaged, but the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokesperson Jill Kinney said. Some were forced back by clogged roads, but all of them eventually made it out, some in dramatic fashion. I'm assuming I lost my home.
"The whole hill's on fire", she said while crying.
Harvey wondered if the town's traditions would survive.
Blome drove through the town with a man named Fred, crying, pointing out Sam's Liquor, Safeway, McDonald's, the church, the tire shop, the vehicle wash, apartments, her doctor's office, the bowling alley, a hotel, the veterinarian - all of which had gone up in flames.