A wildfire has destroyed most of a Northern California town of about 27,000 people. At least nine people were killed by the "Camp Fire" in Paradise, authorities said Friday. The victims have not been identified.
Firefighters across the state were battling three major fires that forced a total of 250,000 residents out of their homes, authorities said. Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
"There was really no firefight involved," Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said of the blaze near Paradise. He said crews gave up attacking the flames and instead helped people get out alive. "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed. It's that kind of devastation."
In Southern California, wildfires forced evacuations in Thousand Oaks, a city reeling from a shooting rampage this week that left 12 people dead at a country music bar. Three-quarters of the city were under evacuation orders -- a number that likely includes those affected by massacre, Mayor Andy Fox said.