"It's hard to express how fast a fire can move across dry ground", Allen says.
Paradise: Cassie Lerossignol hugs as coworker as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.
The fire broke out near Thousand Oaks, an area about 64km north-west of downtown Los Angeles where an attacker killed 12 people on Wednesday, prompting the evacuation of 75,000 homes.
The fire remains at 5 percent contained.
One fast-moving wildfire, known as the Camp fire, likely wiped out the entire town of Paradise, where 27,000 people were forced to evacuate.
A Butte County Sheriff's Department spokesperson confirmed authorities have received missing-person reports out of Paradise, but no count or estimate was available as of 7 a.m. Friday. "It's all hands on deck to rescue people and get people out of harm's way". At this point, firefighters are trying to save lives and not property, which should tell you all you need to know about how risky the situation is.
Today, the small town of Stirling City was evacuated.
As she fled, Gina Oviedo described a devastating scene in which flames engulfed homes, sparked explosions and toppled utility poles.
"Things started exploding", resident Gina Oviedo said. Miller at first scoffed at the notion of getting back in a vehicle. "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours". "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us".
Thousands were evacuated, including from schools and hospitals.
"Fire is now burning out of control and heading into populated areas of Malibu", the city said in a statement online.
Some of the patients were initially turned around during their evacuation because of gridlocked traffic and later airlifted to other hospitals, along with some staff, Kinney said.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who lives just north of coastal Malibu in Calabasas, revealed on Instagram that she was forced to flee her home.
Late Friday Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea updated the Camp Fire death toll.
'The little bunnies there, quite a few of them, we've seen trying to escape the flames and get out, get to safety because their home, their habitat is on fire, ' said a reporter for CBS2, Kandiss Crone.
Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from Thursday morning.
The Utah County crew will be deployed a minimum 16 days and up to 21 days, Nelson said, meaning once again they'll miss Thanksgiving at home. "We're anxious sick. They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".
On Friday, Knuthson was covered from head to toe in black soot. The blaze sent residents fleeing, and now threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people.
State fire official Koby Johns said 2,000 buildings have been destroyed and another 2,000 buildings and 15,000 homes were "at imminent danger of burning".