In the northern part of the state, at least five people have been found dead in scorched cars after having tried to flee the disastrous Camp Fire burning about 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of the state capitol.
"I saw flames on one side of me at one point, and the other side at one point, and it really did feel like we were being engulfed. All residents evacuate now", the city said via Twitter.
Firefighters battle to save structures while battling the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.
At present two of the three fire fronts are reporting zero containment. The area burned is more than 2.3 times the size of San Francisco (47 square miles).
The blaze, called Camp Fire, broke out on Thursday evening and was only 5% contained as of nightfall on Friday.
Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea said one of the additional deaths was said to be near those vehicles, another was inside a residence and at least three were said to be outside of residences. We're working very hard to get people out. At this point, firefighters are trying to save lives and not property, which should tell you all you need to know about how risky the situation is. Residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said.
"Things started exploding", resident Gina Oviedo said. "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours".
Thick grey smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said a "significant number" of homes had been destroyed by the flames but that an accurate count could not yet be made.
Thousands of people were evacuated from Paradise, home to 26,000 people, including from schools and hospitals.
There was no estimated time to contain the fire, but officials said they would hold a daily news conference from the same location and time if conditions permit, until the fire is out.
Four hospital employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.
"The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out".
"My husband tried his best to get everybody out. God help us!" she said before breaking down crying. "We're anxious sick. They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times".
Nine people were declared dead and 150,000 evacuated as fierce wildfires raged across the western U.S. state of California, with one rapidly spreading blaze threatening the famed resort of Malibu.
Both wildfires caused mass evacuations and Highway 101 closures overnight, but the roadway reopened to through traffic in the Camarillo area Friday morning. It was unclear how many homes have been evacuated within the City of Los Angeles. Another fire was burning farther west in Ventura County, also moving toward the ocean.