More than 250,000 people in California were under evacuation orders statewide as of Friday evening due to growing wind-whipped fires which have burned over 6,600 homes and led to at least nine fatalities, according to officials.
There are at least three major wildfires burning in California, stretching California's firefighting resources thin and leading authorities on Friday to ask for help from several Western states. One of the fires devastated communities in Ventura County and as of Friday afternoon was burning out of control and destroying multiple structures in the Calabasas and Malibu areas of Los Angeles County.
"Weather-wise we are literally in a statewide 'red flag' weather warning," said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Office of Emergency Services. "Fire weather conditions are extreme. We are literally seeing it from border to border."
Over 250,000 people are under evacuation orders in Southern California, mostly from the so-called Woolsey fire. Another 52,000 people are under evacuation in Northern California's Butte County from a blaze authorities have dubbed the Camp fire, which is blamed for the loss of more than 6,000 homes and nine fatalities.
Authorities estimate the Woosley blaze destroyed approximately 150 homes. However, those numbers were expected to grow as the massive fire continues to rage with zero containment.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office reported late Friday two bodies were found in the Malibu area, although the agency couldn't immediately confirm the fatalities were due to the fire.
The entire city of Malibu was under mandatory evacuation Friday as flames threatened nearby homes and other structures. After burning homes in Bell Canyon, Oak Park and Thousand Oaks, the fire crossed the 101 Freeway from the Ventura County line on Friday morning and within hours led to the evacuation of the entire city of Malibu, where many celebrities have homes.
Cher was one of the celebrities who tweeted about her home being in harm's way. Actor Orlando Bloom also posted on Instagram about the blaze being near his residence.
Evacuations remained in effect in several Ventura County communities as of Friday evening, including portions of Westlake Village, Hidden Hills, Calabasas, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills.