California wildfires destroy thousands of structures and force emergency evacuations

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An emergency evacuation order was issued for several neighborhoods west of Los Angeles as firefighters frantically fought back the Woolsey Fire.

Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

Residents of the beachside city of Malibu have been ordered to evacuate as three fast-moving wildfires raged in California on Friday morning, including one that also spurred the evacuation of 75,000 homes near a city that was still reeling from a mass shooting.

Ventura County Fire Department Captain Scott Dettorre warned that as the fire crosses the famous highway 101, "it will make its historic and typical run all the way down Pacific Coast Highway, threatening more homes, more property, more lives", KTLA-TV reports.

The Camp Fire in the northern part of the state has burned through 20,000 acres, while the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties quadrupled in size overnight.

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The Ventura County Fire Department on Friday morning estimated that the blaze had burned 6,100 acres, a smaller number than a Thursday afternoon estimate of 8,000 to 10,000 acres.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, which canceled classes Thursday because many of its students frequented Borderline, was closed again Friday because of the Woolsey Fire.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!" Authorities said earlier the flames had destroyed multiple structures, though it was unclear how many, and it continued to threaten at least 30,000 homes in the two counties.

Earlier in the day, the Hill Fire near Thousand Oaks in Ventura Country needed just 12 minutes to jump Highway 101, one of the area's primary roadways. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.

Approximately 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders in Ventura and Los Angeles counties Friday morning. Last night it covered just 2,000 acres.

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An evacuation warning was issued for parts of Chico Thursday night as the Camp Fire blazed toward the city of 90,000 people. Colton Percifield, 20, said in an interview that he awoke at friend's house in Concow to find smoke outside around 7 a.m.

For the latest updates, visit the Ventura County Fire Department, Public Information Officer Twitter here. The order includes the area south of the 101 Freeway from the Ventura County line east to Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road, and as far south as the Pacific Ocean.

Around 10,000 acres of land was torched in the blaze by Thursday night, fire officials said. That affects all residents north of the 101 Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of the Los Angeles city limit.

Wind gusts of up to 77 miles per hour were reported in Los Angeles County on Friday morning.

Taft High School and Pierce College are open to people in Los Angeles County. A second round of Santa Ana winds is forecast to whip the area Sunday through Tuesday, though it may be weaker than Friday's.

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