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.
Meanwhile, Thousand Oaks, which had been thrown from the tragedy of a mass shooting, was undergoing another type of siege on Friday, when wild fires on both sides of the city forced evacuations and stopped part of the main highway through the city. Three quarters of the city had been cleared, said the mayor.
Southern California forest fires have burned down 150 houses, and that number is set to rise, the authorities said Friday afternoon. The hill fire burned 6,000 acres and did not progress, but the Woolsey fire a few miles away had doubled to 35,000 acres.
Winds that drove the flames through hills and canyons north and west of downtown Los Angeles are expected to die on Saturday. But forecasts predict that they will rebuild on Sunday and reach at least 56 km / h.
Donald Trump has issued an Emergency Declaration supporting state and local firefighters to fight fires in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles. The money will help pay for firefighting aircraft along with accommodation, supplies and transportation for tens of thousands of evacuated residents.
The cause of the flames was unknown. Pacific Gas & Electric Co states that a problem has occurred on an electrical transmission line near the location of the Northern California fire minutes before the outbreak of the fire.
When paradise was evacuated, the command in Northern California unleashed a desperate exodus in which many motorists got stuck in the deadlock and forced their vehicles to flee. People reported that much of the community went up in flames, including flats, supermarkets, shops, restaurants, schools and a retirement home. The paradise is located about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.
The rural areas did not get much better. Many houses have propane tanks that exploded amidst the flames. "They ran like bombs," said Karen Auday, who had fled to a nearby town.
McLean said, "The community of paradise is pretty much destroyed. It is this kind of devastation. "
The massive fire spread north on Friday, prompting the authorities to order the evacuation of Stirling City and Inskip, two communities north of Paradise along the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
The wind flames also spread to the west and reached Chico, a city with 90,000 inhabitants. Firefighters were able to stop the fire on the outskirts of town, said Cal firefighter Bill Murphy.
On the way to paradise no signs of life could be seen on Friday except the occasional birdsong. A thick, yellow haze from the fire hung in the air and seemed to appear in the middle of the day at dusk.
Evacuees from Paradise sat in stunned silence on Friday in front of a church in Chico, where they had sought refuge the night before. They all had shattering stories of a slow-motion escape from a fire so close that they could feel the heat in their vehicles while they were sitting in a terrible traffic jam.
When the order to evacuate arrived, it was as if the entire city of 27,000 inhabitants decided to leave immediately, they said. The evacuation route was surrounded by fire and the drivers panicked. Some crashed and others left their vehicles on the roadside.
"It was just a wall of fire on each side of us and we could barely see the road ahead," said police officer Mark Bass.
A nurse called Rita Miller on Thursday morning and told her to get her disabled mother, who lives a few blocks away, and leave paradise immediately. Miller jumped into her boyfriend's wobbly pickup truck, which was short on gas and badly geared. She was immediately at a standstill.
"I was desperate," she said. After an hour of no movement she dropped the car and decided to try her luck on foot. While walking, a stranger rolled down the window in a traffic jam and asked Miller if she needed help. Miller initially mocked the idea of getting back into a vehicle. Then she thought again and thought, "I'm really scared. That's scary. I can not breathe. I can not see, and maybe I should humble myself and get into that woman's car. "
Worried friends and families have posted anxious messages on Twitter and other websites. They said they were looking for relatives, especially seniors, who lived in old people's homes or alone.
About 20 of the same MPs who helped find and rescue people lost their own homes, Honea said.
"There are times when you have blazing fires so fast. There will not be a perfect scenario through planning, and that's what we had to deal with here, "Honea told the Action News Network.
Patrick Knuthson, fourth-generation resident of Paradise, said that only two out of some 22 houses survived in his street.
Kelly Lee called animal shelters to look for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard Thursday morning. Herrera, who lives in Paradise with her 88-year-old husband Lou, left a frantic mailbox around 9:30 am saying she had to get out.
"We never heard from them again," Lee said. "We are worried, we are ill. … They have a car, but both are older and can be confused at times. "
There were flames visible in Thousand Oaks that crept down a hill from the Teeny Center on Janns Road, named after the family that had originally built the hilly terrain of majestic California oaks into a 130,000 sleeping community.
The evacuees reported fleeing attacks, which awoke unexpectedly on Thursday afternoon.
In the Mobile Home Park Vallecito for seniors, the fire came so fast that the residents did not have time to collect medicines and documents. With flames burning, firefighters carried people out of their homes and put them in the empty seats of neighboring cars, said Carol Napoli, 74
Napoli went with her boyfriend, the boy's son, and her mother, who is in her 90s and had to leave her oxygen tank behind
"We went through flames to get out. They had us like a caravan, "said Napoli. "My girlfriend drove. She said, "I do not know if I can do that."
Dani Anguiano contributed to the coverage