Where the wildfires are burning in SoCal — MAP

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The fire had jumped Highway 101 in several places, including Calabasas and Agoura Hills, as it barrelled south towards coastal Malibu. Approximately 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders along the Ventura-Los Angeles border. By 9 a.m. Friday, CalFire said it had burned 6,000 acres.

The two blazes are among 16 now active fires in California.

One fire that broke out near the northeast corner of Los Angeles has roared westward, jumped us 101 in the Calabasas area and is surging up the Santa Monica Mountains.

Pimlott said six major fires are now burning in California, with three (Camp, Woolsey and Hill) designated "critical".

Friday morning the fire was burning to the outer edges of Chico, a city of 93,000 people about a 90-mile drive north of Sacramento.

CAL Fire reports the fire is about 8,000 to 10,000 acres at this time.

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

Cal Fire said the fire, only 5 percent contained, had consumed 70,000 acres. Flames were inches away, smoke was thick, cars weren't moving and people were panicking. On Instagram she urged people to "pray for Calabasas".

"I hope people got out".

"We're talking devastated", McLean said. Officials have put most of Northern California under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.

Gov. -elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the area and has requested federal funds to help those impacted by wildfires in the state. That's equal to about 60 football fields per minute.

Thirty-thousand people have been evacuated so far and the number of evacuees is expected to rise as embers push ahead of the fire.

A second fire has been burning in the Santa Rosa Valley east of Camarillo, west of Simi Valley near Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.

"The first part of this fuel bed had not seen fire for many years".

Santa Barbara area firefighters are helping to fight two large brush fires burning in Ventura County that sparked on Thursday.

The Woolsey Fire triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported at 7:53 a.m. Friday that a brush fire has also broken out in Griffith Park, near the zoo.

Both fires started in Ventura County but the Woolsey Fire crossed into Los Angeles County near the 101.

The Butte county sheriff's office says an evacuation order was issued on Friday for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip, north of Paradise, where thousands of homes were destroyed. She had been filming aerial shots in her private plane earlier for her Instagram Stories and realized her own home was threatened. At one point, the unrelenting flames burned about 2,000 acres per hour taking down everything - big box stores, homes, and businesses - in its path.

No injuries have been reported in either fire.

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