Smoking debris, cars reduced to carcasses: Californian firefighters still fought Saturday against the devastating fires that killed at least nine people and destroyed thousands of homes, with little hope to control the disasters in the coming days.
More than 250,000 people have been ordered to evacuate to a vast area near the capital of this western American state, Sacramento, and to the popular resort of Malibu, in the south of the country. California.
So far, the bodies of nine people have been found in the city of Paradise, in Butte County, north of Sacramento.
Since Thursday morning, more than 6,700 buildings, for the majority of homes, have been devoured by the fire "Campfire", now the most destructive ever recorded in California.
A dozen kilometers around Paradise, the sky was darkened by a penetrating smoke, the sun hardly visible.
The residents fled the danger, and on the road to the center were destroyed cars, while the electric poles were burned by fire.
"Only a few farmers came back to see what their cattle look like," a policewoman told AFP.
– Destruction "incredible" –
The fire has so far consumed more than 40,000 hectares and is controlled by only 20%, according to CalFire, the California Fire Department.
Three of the 3,200 firefighters placed were injured.
The authorities estimate that it will take three weeks before the flames are under control.
"The extent of the destruction that we saw is truly unbelievable and heartbreaking," said Mark Ghilarducci of the Californian governor's office.
More to the south, the city of Malibu, home to many celebrities, was ordered to evacuate because of the "Woolsey Fire", which has devoured nearly 28,000 hectares and has destroyed at least 150 houses since Thursday afternoon. .
Several personalities such as Kim Kardashian or Alyssa Milano had to leave their homes. Actor Martin Sheen, briefly missing by his son Charlie, evacuated.
The fire also destroyed film locations that were used for hundreds of productions, including the HBO series "Westworld".
On Twitter, US President Donald Trump has criticized local authorities.
"There is no reason for this massive California fires, deadly and expensive, except that forest management is so inadequate," he said.
California has been hit by many deadly fires since the end of 2017, which have become particularly violent due to drought and wind.