In the South, residents were forced to flee the beach community of Malibu in the face of a major firestorm fanned by winds gusting up to 80km per hour.
Two fast-moving wildfires that exploded in the Southern California hills have claimed nine lives and forced thousands to flee their homes, including the entire city of Malibu, a sprawling naval base and many Hollywood celebrity homes. Some of the "majestic oaks" the town boasts of on its website still have fires burning in their trunks.
The fire is being driven west by 56km/h winds, fire officials said.
Where is the Woolsey Fire?
In Southern California, brush fires are nearing a community in mourning over a deadly mass shooting late Wednesday at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.
Smoke from the Camp Fire is causing air quality problems all across Northern California.
When the order came to evacuate, it was like the entire town of 27,000 residents chose to leave at once, they said.
On Friday, the flames jumped the highway and headed into coastal areas. By 2:00 p.m. local time, it had grown to 18,000 acres, according to Cal Fire.
The Woolsey Fire has already scorched 8,000 acres and is at zero percent containment as of Friday, fire officials told Accuweather.
"Due to the fluid and rapidly changing conditions, residents are urged to stay updated through official sources for changes to evacuations and road closures".
"Had he not put out that fire, I would not have made it to the vehicle", she said.
"Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home". Then she reconsidered, thinking: "I'm really scared".
Her husband, the rapper Kanye West, said their family was "safe and close".
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Next on the docket was American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan - a "loser", according to the president. He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ryan's questions.
TV personality Adrienne Janic said on Twitter that firefighters were using her home as a command centre.
Even firefighters lost their homes.
Director Guillermo del Toro tweeted that Bleak House, his museum of horror movie memorabilia, was also in the path of the flames.
"My hometown of Paradise is on fire".
Where is the Camp Fire?
A red flag warning is in effect in the area, meaning Thursday will bring 20-to-40-mph winds and low humidity that threaten to spread the wildfire. The flames moved so fast that some had to abandon their cars and escape the town on foot.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed later Friday that there were four more deaths but did not provide any other details.
Another 35 people had been reported missing and three firefighters had been injured.
"This event was the worst-case scenario", he said.
"By the time we got out, the flames were a half mile away from the school".
With the Camp Fire still raging, Butte County school officials have made a decision to close all public schools until at least after the Thanksgiving break.
On the outskirts of town, Patrick Knuthson, a fourth-generation resident, said only two of the 22 homes that once stood on his street are still there - his and a neighbor's. After flames ripped through the town Thursday, Paradise (population 27,000) has been declared nearly a complete loss.
Queues to leave the city have resulted in traffic jams and gridlock, which has led people to leave cars abandoned on roads as they rush to safety.