California Forest Fires: Nine killed when the flame burns  City, village

At least nine people have died to the north California Most people burned in a city of about 30,000, according to the authorities.

Just one day after the rapid fire began, the flame near the city of Paradise had grown to nearly 140 square kilometers and had destroyed about 6,500 buildings. Three bodies were found outside their homes, one in one house and several in cars, said Butte sheriff Kory Honea. He said the number is likely to grow.

"There really was no firefight," said Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He explained that the crews gave up the attack on the flames and instead helped to leave the people alive. "These firefighters were in rescue mode all day yesterday."

With fires in Southern California, civil servants burned the total number of people forced out of their homes to 157,000. The evacuation orders spanned the entire city of Malibu, home to 13,000 people, including some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

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