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.
The Woosley Fire exploded from 2,000 acres to 8,000 in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in a matter of hours Thursday night into Friday.
Ventura County Fire Department Captain Scott Dettorre warned that as the fire crosses the famous highway 101, "it will make its historic and typical run all the way down Pacific Coast Highway, threatening more homes, more property, more lives", KTLA-TV reports.
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.
The fire had jumped Highway 101 in several places, including Calabasas and Agoura Hills, as it barrelled south towards coastal Malibu.
Evacuation notices were announced for Chico, which is home to around 93,000 people and is about 90 miles north of Sacramento.
Cal Fire said the fire, only 5 percent contained, had consumed 70,000 acres. "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us".
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"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed".
"I hope people got out".
The Santa Anas are strong, dry winds that high-pressure systems push from east to west, from the mountains and desert areas down into the Los Angeles area.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"
About 12:30 a.m., all residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties north of the Ventura 101 Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of Erbes Road, as well as north of Kanan Road, west of Lindero Canyon to Erbes Road extending north to Sunset Hills Boulevard were told to evacuate, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.
L.A. County Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Trey Espy confirmed 15 to 20 homes were impacted in the area of Kellwood Ct. and Churchwood Dr. and additional homes were impacted in nearby areas. She had been filming aerial shots in her private plane earlier for her Instagram Stories and realized her own home was threatened.
Multiple injuries have been reported by both civilians and firefighters, Cal Fire spokesman John Gaddie said. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.