Nine dead in California wildfires Nine dead in California wildfires

Nine dead in California wildfires Nine dead in California wildfires

Washington, At least nine people were killed while more than 150,000 have been evacuated as two big wildfires raged in California, officials said. As the wildfire spread rapidly on Friday, five among the dead were found in cars in a town that was destroyed by the Camp Fire in the state's north, a report in the BBC stated. The Woolsey Fire jumped a major highway, west of Los Angeles and headed into the coastal areas, including the town of Malibu where some homes caught fire. Both fires are reportedly moving fast, supported by strong winds.

The blaze spread swiftly overnight and jumped Highway 101, a major route which lies west of Los Angeles. The fire broke out near Thousand Oaks, an area about 40 miles (64km) north-west of central Los Angeles. Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate several towns lying west of Thousand Oaks, including Calabasas, as well as from the western edge of Los Angeles. According to the officials, fire is now driven west by 35 mph (56 km/h) winds. The two blazes are among the 16 currently active fires in California. Officials have put most of Northern California under a 'Red Flag Warning', which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within the next 24 hours. The region had earlier struggled with the worst wildfire in the state's history, the Mendocino and Thomas fires--on and off since 2017.

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