'WELCOME TO HELL': 2 killed in SoCal fire that’s doubled in size

A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise Calif. on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

The wildfires burning across California have now killed 11 people in total, including nine found dead in a massive fire in northern California that destroyed the town of Paradise.

"It's a worst-case scenario", Bass said.

Five people have died during massive wildfires in the U.S. state of California, a representative of the Butte County Sheriff's office told Sputnik.

A total of 6,453 homes had been destroyed in Paradise and elsewhere, Honea said, along with 260 commercial buildings.

"It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us".

A raging Southern California wildfire has triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu.

The Woolsey Fire, which erupted Thursday afternoon in Woolsey Canyon east of Simi Valley, almost doubled to around 70,000 acres with no containment, Cal Fire said Saturday morning.

Popstar Katy Perry slammed Donald Trump's response to the California wildfires as "absolutely heartless" after the US President - who has issued an emergency declaration providing federal funds for Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties - wrote on Twitter that they were the result of poor forest management.

- A smoke advisory was in effect Saturday due to two wildfires, causing unhealthy air quality for residents all over Southern California. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests.

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Given the fires' rapid movement and volatile conditions, The Los Angeles Times is maintaining a live feed with the most current data available. The Woolsey Fire doubled in size overnight, growing to 70,000 acres.

For homeowners, the fires are likely to exacerbate an already-complicated insurance situation.

Several of the victims of the Camp Fire, which broke out on Thursday at the edge of the Plumas National Forest northeast of Sacramento, were found in or near burned out cars, police said. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames, carrying children and pets, officials said.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said Friday firefighters are focused on saving lives and are still rescuing people from fires.

They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said a "significant number" of homes had been destroyed by the flames but that an accurate count could not yet be made.

Early on Saturday, the fire was nearing Pepperdine University, a private residential college with 7,700 students, where students remained sheltered on the school's main campus in Malibu.

"Mother Nature has given us a short reprieve ... but we know tomorrow Mother Nature's gonna turn her fan back on and the winds are going to start blowing", Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen told reporters.

The Ventura County Fire Department has ordered evacuation of some communities in the path of the fire, which erupted a few miles from the site of Wednesday night's deadly mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar.

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