At least five killed attempting to flee Northern California wildfire

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

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

Weather projections show the Santa Ana winds that have been driving the fire since it started Thursday afternoon are expected to pick back up Sunday and last through Tuesday.

In less than two days, the Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire, which is also burning in Southern California, prompted evacuation orders for more than 250,000 people.

L.A. County Sheriff's Department Chief John Benedict said at a news conference Saturday, "There is zero tolerance for any looting".

Jones said she drove into Paradise on Friday with a fire official and two council members to assess the damage. Names of the victims have not been released.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames, carrying children and pets, officials said. Three more were found outside a residence, and one inside a house.

Further north, another huge wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise, leaving nine people dead and 35 missing.

In Paradise, which had about 26,000 residents, the fire destroyed most homes and half the businesses, the town's mayor Jody Jones said on CNN, describing a long period of recovery ahead.

An AFP photographer on the scene saw houses enveloped in flames, while others had already been reduced to ashes and cars burned to husks.

Rescue workers recovered the bodies of 14 people Saturday who were killed by the most destructive fire in California history, bringing the total death toll to 23, the local sheriff said.

Acting Governor Gavin Newsom called a state of emergency in Butte County.

Some 2,000 firefighters were battling the flames as helicopters and airplanes made water and fire retardant drops.

"The whole lower side of Paradise is totally engulfed in flames right now", Kevin Winstead, a resident of nearby Magalia, told KIEM TV.

Cher, who has lived in Malibu since 1972, tweeted saying the fire was close to her home.

"This is just a lull", Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, "so we're going to take advantage of that and try to get as much line perimeter in as we can with the expectation that we will get more winds tomorrow". "It's like we're all walking around kind of in a trance".

In southern California, authorities said around 105,000 people had been evacuated.

Earlier, two people were found dead in a auto in Malibu as a fire forced the evacuation of that city's entire population. "This is a very risky wind-driven fire". We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

The entire coastal enclave of Malibu was ordered to flee, with Jenner's former step-daughter Kim Kardashian West and Guillermo del Toro among the other celebrities forced to abandon their homes.

"One of the things that's handsome about Paradise are the trees and they're still here", she said.

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills and Malibu, although some are expected to be lifted by the end of the day.

"Horses are finally safe".

"Not one home will be left standing", he said.

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