Five people have been burned alive in their cars by a wildfire in Northern California while officials warn that two other blazes ravaging the southern part of the state are zero percent contained, threatening to destroy thousands of homes.
The notorious Santa Ana winds are expected to continue fueling the three fast-moving wildfires as they tear across large swaths of the coastal state. Over 240,000 have been evacuated across the state.
In Southern California, nearly 150,000 people are under evacuation orders as a pair of life-threatening fires have overtaken more than 40,000 acres, with dry winds of up to 70mph push them westward toward the Pacific Ocean.
Three wildfires are seen burning in California on Friday. The larger Camp Fire in the north has killed five and destroyed the town of Paradise.
In the south, near Los Angeles the twin Hill and Woolsey Fires have forced an evacuation of Malibu.
A home burns on Friday as seen from a helicopter in the Calabasas section of Los Angeles
The smoke from the fire is seen from the Pacific Coast Highway as residents flee Malibu and nearby areas.