Three huge wildfires are forcing tens of thousands of Californians to evacuate

Three fast-moving wildfires are raging across California Friday, devastating at least one town and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. The trio of blazes — one in the north of the state, and two others in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, in the south — broke out Thursday and spread rapidly, fueled by strong winds and dry conditions. One of the fires, the so-called Hill Fire, is just a few miles from the scene of Wednesday’s mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, bringing an unwelcome new threat to a grieving community. Ventura County Fire Department officials said the fire, which started Thursday, had spread to cover 10,000 acres. The county is also battling a separate blaze, the Woolsey Fire, that ripped across thousands of acres of Ventura and Los Angeles counties early Friday. The blaze is threatening some 30,000 homes, prompting mandatory evacuations of the affected areas: Among them was Kim Kardashian, who posted footage from the evacuation of her Calabasas neighborhood to social media. Firefighters battle flames overnight during a wildfire that burned dozens of homes in Thousand Oaks, California, U.S. November 9, 2018. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer) “People were abandoning their cars and running with their babies and kids. This was right before someone rammed our vehicle with theirs, trying to get through,” Whitney Vaughn, a resident of Paradise, wrote on Facebook. “There were no firefighters in sight. I am hoping all of these people made it out.” Evacuation orders are in place for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and the Butte Valley areas, with rescuers working to reach residents trapped in some locations. Cover image: A structure is seen engulfed in flames during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

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