California wildfires turn deadly as thousands evacuate homes

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Woolsey Fire: 35,000 acres burned and thousands forced to evacuate

Only a day after it erupted, the wildfire near the town of Paradise had grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square km).

Overnight, three rapid-moving fires spreading across California have destroyed thousands of structures and forced the evacuation of an estimated 157,000 people.

The blaze also forced the partial evacuation of Malibu, a city of about 13,000 people that is home to many Hollywood celebrities.

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The "Woolsey Fire" in Ventura County sparked evacuation orders for parts of the city of Thousand Oaks, where a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday night.

The Woolsey blaze shut down 101 Freeway after causing the evacuations of 75,000 homes in parts of Thousands Oaks in northwest Los Angeles, the site of a shooting massacre by a former United States marine this week. Near Los Angeles, the affluent beachside town of Malibu was ordered evacuated as a wind-driven blaze jumped the US 101 Freeway and raced toward the sea.

Authorities said around 105,000 people had been evacuated in southern California.

A home burns during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California on November 08, 2018. Among those evacuated were all of the patients at the Feather River Hospital in Paradise. Highway 70, located near the wildfire, was closed down and the California Highway Patrol asked drivers to avoid the road.

"It's been a roller coaster", one Oak Park resident told CBS2, explaining he made a decision to stay behind and watch over his neighbors' homes in the area of Kellwood Ct. and Churchwood Dr. and had the utmost faith in firefighters.

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Evacuations were also issued north of the 101 Freeway from Valley Vista to Reyes Adobe in the areas of Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village, as well as in West Hills.

ASSOCIATED PRESS Flames consume a Kentucky Fried Chicken as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

The air in San Francisco was hazy and the smell of smoke overwhelming, prompting officials to declare air quality unhealthy.

"We have over 300 Los Angeles County firefighters here, and as mentioned collectively, that's going to grow, as we continue to battle this fire, as it is headed to the Pacific Ocean", Richardson said. "Most of the smoke is expected to remain aloft but the public will likely see and smell smoke from the quickly expanding Camp Fire".

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