Intense videos show the Camp Fire ravaging Northern California

Medical personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise Calif. on Thursday

Many homes have propane tanks that were exploding amid the flames.

California has had four of its top 10 most destructive fires burn in the past two years, the most recent being the Carr Fire that destroyed entire neighbourhoods in Redding, a city of 90,000 in the northern part of the state. All totaled, 40,000 people have been evacuated from the path of the wildfire so far. (Reed Saxon/AP) Firefighters push a vehicle from a garage as the Woolsy fire burning a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

At present two of the three fire fronts are reporting zero containment. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 69 square kilometres, Gaddie said.

"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean told KTVU on Friday. Five people were found dead there vehicles that were overcome by flames, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.

"Most of them were immobile, with walkers or spouses that were bedridden, so we were trying to get additional units to come and try and help us, just taking as many as we could", he said. At this point, firefighters are trying to save lives and not property, which should tell you all you need to know about how risky the situation is. Several evacuation centers were set up in nearby towns. Some people left their cars there "and took off running, carrying their babies and kids".

"It was absolutely dark", said resident Mike Molloy, who said he made a decision based on the wind to leave Thursday morning, packing only the minimum and joining a sea of other vehicles. "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours".

While the cause of the fire wasn't known, Pacific Gas & Electric Company told state regulators it experienced an outage on an electrical transmission line near Paradise about 15 minutes before the blaze broke out.

A hospital and several schools were evacuated as thick grey smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.

"Anything to bring more attention to Paradise".

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Allana Hall said this marks the second time she has fled a California fire.

"As soon as I turned onto my street, out of my little side street, I was stuck in traffic", she said.

"It's very chaotic", Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol.

Concerned friends and family posted frantic messages on Twitter and other sites saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone.

A group of Cal Fire firefighters monitor ambers from a toppled wall while battling the Camp Fire in Paradise on Friday. "I mean, it was just terrifying", she said.

"We never heard from them again", Lee said. I've linked to both of them and provided descriptions below.

Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in both of counties due to the Woolsey Fire and a second wildfire also burning in the area.

The erupted Thursday near the northwest corner of the city of Los Angeles as the region's notorious Santa Ana winds gusted, triggering overnight evacuations of an estimated 75,000 homes in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County. But winds are blamed for pushing the fire through scenic canyon communities and ridgetop homes.

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