At least nine people have died in northern California. Most people have burned according to the authorities in a city of about 30,000.
Only 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 Buttesheriff Kory Honea. He said that the number is likely to grow.
"There was really no gunfight," said Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He explained that the crew gave up the attack on the flames and instead helped to keep the people alive. "These firefighters were in rescue mode all day long."
With fires in Southern California, civil servants burned the total number of people displaced from their homes to 157,000. The evacuation orders covered the entire city of Malibu, home to 13,000 people, including some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
Meanwhile, Thousand Oaks, who had been thrown out of the tragedy of a massive shooting, underwent a different sort of siege on Friday, when the forest fires on both sides of the city forced evacuations and part of the main road through the city stopped. Three quarters of the city was vacated, the mayor said.
Forest fires in Southern California have burned 150 houses and that number will rise, according to the authorities Friday afternoon. The hillside burned 6000 hectares and did not make any progress, but the Woolsey fire a few kilometers away had doubled to 35,000 acres.
Winds that have driven the flames through hills and canyons to the north and west of downtown Los Angeles are expected to die on Saturday. But predictions predict that they will rebuild on Sunday and reach at least 56 km / h.
Donald Trump issued an emergency statement supporting state and local firefighters in fighting fires in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles. The money will help pay for fire fighting 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 electric transmission line near the location of the Northern California fire minutes before the outbreak of the fire.
When paradise was evacuated, the commando in Northern California unleashed a desperate exodus where many car drivers got stuck in the stalemate and their vehicles were forced to flee. People reported that a large part of the community went up in flames, including flats, supermarkets, shops, restaurants, schools and an old people's home. Paradise is about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.
The rural areas did not get much better. Many houses have propane tanks that exploded in the middle of the flames. "They ran like bombs," said Karen Auday, who had fled to a nearby town.
McLean said, "The community of paradise is as good as destroyed, it is this kind of devastation."
The huge fire spread to the 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 flame spread to the west and reached Chico, a city with 90,000 inhabitants. Firefighters were able to stop the fire on the outskirts of the city, said Cal fireman Bill Murphy.
On the way to paradise, there were no signs of life on Friday except the occasional bird sounds. A thick, yellow haze of fire hung in the air and appeared to appear in the twilight.
Evacuees from Paradise sat Friday in stunned silence for a church in Chico, where they had sought refuge the night before. They all had amazing stories about a slow-motion escape from a fire so close that they could feel the heat in their vehicles while they were in a terrible traffic jam.
When the order to evacuate arrived, it was as if the entire city with 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 side of the road.
"It was just a wall of fire on each side of us and we could hardly see the road ahead," police officer Mark Bass said.
A nurse named Rita Miller on Thursday morning told her to take her disabled mother, who lives a few blocks away, and immediately leave paradise. Miller jumped into her friend's wobbly pick-up truck, which had a shortage of gas and was poorly tuned. She stopped immediately.
"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 through the window in the queue and asked Miller if she needed help. Miller initially scoffed at 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 it and maybe I should humiliate myself and get into that woman's car."
Concerned friends and families have posted fearful messages on Twitter and other websites. They said they were looking for family members, particularly 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 fiery fires so fast, there will not be a perfect scenario through planning, and that is what we were dealing with here," Honea told the Action News Network.
Patrick Knuthson, the fourth generation resident of Paradise, said that only two of the 22 houses survived in his street.
Kelly Lee called animal shelters to look for the 93-year-old grandmother of her husband, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard on Thursday morning. Herrera, who lives in paradise together with her 88-year-old husband Lou, left a mad letter box around 9.30 am stating that she had to leave.
"We have never heard of them," Lee said. "We are worried, we are sick … They have a car, but both are older and can sometimes be confused."
There were flames visible in Thousand Oaks, which descended from the Teeny Center on Janns Road, named after the family that had originally built the hilly terrain of majestic Californian oak trees to a 130,000 sleeping community.
The evacuees reported fleeing attacks, which unexpectedly occurred 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. While the flames were burning, firefighters carried people out of their homes and put them in the empty seats of the neighboring cars, Carol Napoli said, 74
Napoli went with her boyfriend, the son of the boy and her mother, who is in her ninety and had to leave her oxygen tank behind
"We went through flames to get out, they had us like a caravan," said Napoli. "My friend was driving, she said," I do not know if I can do that. "
Dani Anguiano has contributed to the coverage