Another 35 people had been reported missing and three firefighters had been injured. Korey Honea, the sheriff of Butte County, said five died in or near their vehicles as they fled the town of Paradise, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, 90 miles north of Sacramento.
The LA County Sheriff's Office said it was receiving "many emergent phone calls" from people who "need our help to evacuate" and urged motorists in the area to be aware of emergency vehicles.
Abandoned vehicles sit at a auto lot in Paradise, north of Sacramento, California on November 09, 2018. Cars and trucks, some with trailers attached, were left on the roadside as evacuees ran for their lives, said Bass, the police officer.
Evacuation orders were issued for residents of the beachside community of Malibu.
Firefighter Adrien Mahnke pauses while battling the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018. Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom has requested an emergency presidential disaster declaration from Trump to speed the flow of federal aid to victims.
"It's really a cumulative effect in that it's changing the landscape", Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, said."You're getting longer periods of the year when you get these fires", Swain said. Evacuations of schools and hospitals have already taken place via buses and even employee cars.
The Hill Fire, which was reported in the Hill Canyon area of Santa Rosa Valley at about 2 p.m. Thursday, quickly charred thousands of acres and jumped Highway 101, which was closed in the area overnight, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. "All of it is engulfed in flames right now".
"The challenges are, number one, competing resources", Richardson said.
In Hidden Hills, just north of Calabasas, Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center. "It's that kind of devastation", he said.
Authorities said around 105,000 people had been evacuated in southern California.
The blaze also threatened parts of the nearby town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people earlier this week in a shooting rampage.
Wildfires also erupted in Southern California, with reports early Friday of two large fires scorching about 23 square miles (60 square kilometers) and threatening numerous communities.
As people fled in cars, some abandoned their vehicles, running from encroaching flames as they held babies and pets in their arms, said Gina Oviedo, who described a devastating scene as she evacuated the town of Paradise. At one point, the Camp Fire was consuming 80 football fields worth of land per minute, fueled by winds of up to 50 mph. According to Ventura County Fire Department, the county and Los Angeles County have been evacuated or are being evacuated of 148,000 residents.
Rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West are among those who have taken to social media to confirm that they are safe.
"Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home".