9 die in California wildfires
Nine people died and over 150,000 were evacuated on Friday as fierce wildfires raged across California, with one blaze threatening the resort of Malibu.
All of the fatalities were reported in a massive inferno in the town of Paradise, where the entire population of 26,000 was ordered to leave, officials said.
The fast moving blaze, known as the Camp Fire, began on Thursday morning. Fanned by strong winds, it has scorched 70,000 acres and has not been contained, the California Fire Department said.
Two other fires broke out in southern California, one in Ventura County near Thousand
Residents who escaped Paradise shared videos as they drove through tunnels of swirling smoke and orange flames to outrun the wildfire.
More than 2,200 firefighters were battling the blaze, backed up by helicopters and water tankers.
A wildfire approaches homes in Malibu on Friday.