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California wildfires spread on both ends, killing 9



As firefighters struggle to contain the trio of uncontrolled wildfires – the camp, Woolsey and Hill fires – forecasters say they are in trouble with the blaze and make them spread even farther.
In Los Angeles, California, California, California, California, California, California, California, California protect animals from the smoke. In Thousand Oaks, a community mourning 12 people killed in a bar this week, a recreation center where survivors grieved after the mass shooting was filled with people fleeing the fire.

• Death toll: The fast-moving Camp Fire kills at least nine people in Northern California. Some were inside cars and others were near or inside homes.

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• Massive evacuations: Fire officials estimate the total number of people forced from their homes is more than 250,000.

• Burning and growing: By late Friday, the Camp Fire was the largest, swelling to 90,000 acres. The Woolsey Fire has about 35,000 acres while the Hill Fire was 4,531 acres.

• Containment: Firefighters are struggling to put down the flames. The Camp Fire is contained in the Woolsey Fire remains uncontrolled. The Hill Fire was 15% contained.

• Destruction: In Northern California, at least 6,453 structures have been destroyed, including 80% to 90% of the homes in Paradise. In Los Angeles and Ventura counties, a significant number of homes were destroyed or damaged, fire officials said.

Camp Fire

The Camp Fire in Northern California is now considered the most destructive fire in the state's modern history. In addition to killing at least nine people in Paradise, it has destroyed 6,453 structures.

Of those killed, five people were found in or near a vehicle and the other four were found in or outside a home.

The fast-moving blaze consumes most of Paradise, a town roughly 80 miles north of Sacramento. Families described the scenes of panic and terror they lived while escaping.

"The flames were whipping and spreading so fast," Whitney Vaughan said after fleeing her home in Paradise. "It started to jump the road."

The town was mostly empty, and the main road was littered with downed trees and power lines. Much of the brush and grasses were blackened along the valleys, and many trees were still burning. An estimated 52,000 people evacuated in Butte County, where Paradise is located.

Fire officials said they were wounded but were about to receive their injuries. About 35 people have been reported missing, authorities said.

Woolsey Fire

More than 200,000 people have fled Ventura County and Malibu due to the Woolsey Fire, officials said.

Firefighters worked to protect thousands of students and sheltering in place at Pepperdine University on Saturday as flames started reaching the campus overnight, school officials said.

  A massive smoke plume, rising above the Woolsey Fire.

The fire crossed US 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks – the site of Wednesday night's bar shooting – and headed south to the Pacific coast, in the direction of Malibu Creek State Park and Malibu City, Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

And in Malibu, they were ordered for the entire city, where about 12,000 people live, and are known for celebrity beachside homes.

The howling Santa Ana winds fueled the Woolsey Fire. The Santa Anas are in the Los Angeles area, Arizona, USA.

A round of Santa Ana winds up in the morning , though it may be weaker than Friday's.

Hill Fire

This is another fire burning near the site of this week's mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

It starts Thursday and was initially spreading quickly, torching 10,000 acres in six hours. But firefighters have made some progress. As of Friday night, it was 15% contained.

 A firefighters battles a wildfire at Agoura Hills, Calif.

Part of the blaze was burning in the footprint of a 2013 wildfire and that could be its slow spread, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said.

CNN's Chuck Johnston, Dave Alsup.

CNN's Chuck Johnston, Dave Alsup Amanda Watts, Dan Simon, Silvio Carrillo, Jim Castel, Steve Almasy, and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.


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