The Butte County Sheriff's office said an evacuation order was issued for areas of Paradise, a town of about 27 000 people.
PARADISE, California-A fast-moving wildfire roared through a Northern California town on November 8, with reports of fatalities as it engulfed dozens of buildings and tens of thousands of people fled the flames, police and state authorities said.
Much of the downtown was destroyed.
"The whole town's on fire", Scott Lotter, a town councilman, told the Sacramento Bee. The fire has already consumed more than 8,000 acres. Large swathes of land elsewhere in the state now remain under a Red Flag warning, which Cal Fire says is "issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours".
A set of brushfires lashed Ventura County, prompting mandatory evacuations across Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
With limited escape routes from the town, traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock, with residents abandoning vehicles and running from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said.
A fast-moving wildfire is rapidly spreading through northeastern California, growing to over 16,000 acres in under 12 hours and leading acting Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency.
She drove under a golden-red sky to the main road that runs through Paradise.
East of Chico on Picholine Way, a line of cars crowded roads as people evacuated from that area around 9 p.m.
He and two pitbulls ended up making it to safety.
Butte County Sherriff Kory Honea told the Chico Enterprise-Record that "it's bad". One of them was on fire, and some cars were driving through it, but she didn't want to chance it with the children in the vehicle, he said. "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us". "That's when I chose to get out".
A local fire official said there were multiple injuries among civilians and firefighters.
There were 23.4 million Californians lopes not only fan flames but also dry out the land surface, lowering relative humidity levels to 10 percent - creating tinderbox conditions for the spread of fire. Almost 2,300 firefighters are battling the flames, but as of Friday morning, it was still zero percent contained. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Highway 101 was closed through a portion of the area as well.
The fast-moving Camp Fire advanced to the outskirts of the northern California city of Chico early on Friday after it left the nearby town of Paradise in ruins. Emergency crews were working to help people evacuate there, he said.
Thousands of people have evacuated their homes as Camp Fire roars on.
The fire was the fiercest of several wind-driven blazes across California yesterday, during one of the state's worst years for wildfires.
A year ago the Tubbs Fire in nearby Napa and Sonoma counties killed 22 people.
A Cal Fire official said thousands of structures were destroyed.
The Camp Fire in Northern California's Butte County grew to 20,000 acres Thursday evening.