The first of the fires broke out on Thursday, northwest of Los Angeles, and roared south, with an estimated 75,000 homes evacuated in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County.
Cal Fire had not reported any firefighter fatalities related to containment efforts on the Camp Fire, nor the two burning in Ventura County, as of 10 a.m. Friday.
It's near Hill Canyon Road and Santa Rosa Road in the Santa Rosa Valley. Fire engines were not able to reach the fire, and firefighters were forced to hike in on foot and hose down vulnerable areas, while a firefighting helicopter hovered overhead. Within minutes, her family and thousands of people were racing to escape the raging flames of the Camp Fire.
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Conditions in Oak Park, just north of Malibu, have been described as "surreal" and "horrific".
Santa Barbara County fire agencies sent strike teams to help fight the Ventura County fires and local law enforcement agencies sent personnel south to help evacuate residents and staff road closures, sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said Friday.
The blaze comes in the wake of the Thousand Oaks shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday night that killed 13 people, including the gunman. A third wildfire was also expanding in Southern California's Ventura County.
The Sheriff/Fire Air Support Unit deployed Copter 208 to do nighttime water drops on the fire.
Evacuations were also directed for all of Paradise, which is home to almost 27,000 residents and was described as "pretty much destroyed", nearby Pulga.
Ventura and Los Angeles county agencies have a unified command of the incident, in addition to CalFire. Another California fire 475 miles (765 kilometers) to the north leveled much of the town of Paradise in Butte County as it quadrupled in size.
He headed for an emergency shelter on the outskirts of the town in his pickup truck, but as he hit an empty road he was surrounded by a huge tower of fire and a towering inferno on both sides of the road.
Thousands were evacuated, including from schools and hospitals.