Berkeley Fire Department responding to fires in Oakland, Butte County

Drift Smoke from Butte County Fire Enters Contra Costa County

Fire crews are calling for more evacuations as several wildfires rage throughout Northern and Southern California. At one point, the unrelenting flames burned about 2,000 acres per hour taking down everything - big box stores, homes, and businesses - in its path.

Resident Shari Bernacett told the Associated Press she "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to get mobile home residents in her area to leave as fire consumed the hillside. Cal Fire Chief Darren Read told reporters that an estimated 1,500 first-responders were at the scene or en route, as well as 300 fire engines, 20 bulldozers, aircrafts and other support vehicles.

"This is the type of situation where, if a fire starts, it can spread rapidly", May said. Currently, about 15,000 structures are being threatened by the wildfire, fire officials told AP.

The video shared on Facebook by Brynn Parott Chatfield documents their drive through the fire as they attempt to evacuate from their hometown of Paradise.

'The blaze is being driven by fairly strong winds, ' Carhart said.

The Reno Fire Department and South Lake Fire Rescue have both sent strike teams to the fire, and the Placer County Sheriff's Office says they are heading that way to help with evacuations.

"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott Maclean, who spent much of the day in Paradise.

Almost 2,300 firefighters are battling the flames, but as of Friday morning, it was still zero percent contained.

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Fire officials issued evacuation notices for homes on the east side of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people situated about 90 miles (145 km) north of Sacramento.

"When this fire started this morning wind speeds were 35 to 40 miles per hour gusts", Cal Fire spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff said.

Further north near Sacramento, the five victims were found in cars in a town that was destroyed by the Camp Fire.

Fire officials were working on a plan to rescue patients from a hospital after officials tried to evacuate them but had to turn back because of gridlocked traffic.

One blaze, dubbed the "Woolsey Fire", started in the Simi Valley and within 12 minutes had jumped across the 101 Freeway.

The region has grappled with serious wildfires - including the worst in the state's history, the Mendocino and Thomas fires - on and off since 2017.

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center had to be used as an evacuation site overnight for people fleeing the blazes - after being used Thursday as a family reunification center, where frantic parents waited for news of their children in the wake of the massacre at Borderline Bar & Grill.

Fire officials characterized the inferno as explosive. In August, the Mendocino Complex fire became the largest wildfire ever recorded in the state, eventually burning more than 400,000 acres.

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