Arrests made in two looting incidents as Woolsey Fire continues to burn

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The fatalities were reported in a massive late-season inferno in the town of Paradise, in Butte County north of the state capital Sacramento, where some 6,700 structures went up in flames - officially becoming California's most destructive fire on record.

Nine people were declared dead and tens of thousands evacuated Friday as fierce wildfires raged across the western U.S. state of California, with one rapidly spreading blaze threatening the famed resort of Malibu.

About 20 of the same deputies who were helping to find and rescue people lost their own homes, Sheriff Kory Honea said. "Regrettably, not everybody made it out".

Meanwhile, decreasing winds in Northern California are lowering the risk that a fire burning near Chico, which has already torched about 100,000 acres, will continue to spread.

The remains of five of the victims were discovered in or near burned out cars, three outside residences and one inside a home, Honea said. There are still 35 people missing.

Most of the town's buildings are in ruin.

"There was really no firefight involved", McLean said, explaining that crews gave up on attacking the flames and instead helped people evacuate.

So far, all nine fatalities were reported in the town of Paradise, in Butte County, where more than 6,700 buildings - majority residences - have been consumed by the late-season inferno, which is now California's most destructive fire on record.

Even outside the evacuation zone, the impact of the fire was being felt by others in the entertainment industry.


Winds that drove the flames through bone-dry hills and canyons north and west of downtown Los Angeles were expected to die down until Sunday, when they would build again to 35 miles per hour with even higher gusts, forecasters predicted.

Thousands of residents took to the Pacific Coast Highway to head south or took refuge on beaches, along with their horses and other pets.

In the cities of Calabasas and Malibu, home to many celebrities, some of them have written about this fire in social networks. West tweeted on Friday that "our family is safe and close".

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who lives just north of coastal Malibu, revealed she was forced to flee her home. Her publicist could not confirm the status of her house, but told Reuters that Jenner was safe.

Sheen said this was the worst fire he had seen in 48 years of living in Malibu.Director Guillermo del Toro tweeted that Bleak House, his museum of horror movie memorabilia, was also in the path of the flames.

DigitalGlobe captured aerial shots of Camp Fire with its WorldView-3 satellite on Friday.

Los Angeles County fire strike teams and water dropping aircraft were working to contain the flames on or around the Malibu campus, according to a statement from the school.

Near Oak Park, the town of Thousand Oaks - still reeling from a mass shooting on Wednesday night - has also been threatened by the encroaching blaze.

The community where Kelly and his wife have lived for 28 years and raised two children was among the hardest hit by the so-called Woolsey fire that broke out Thursday, destroying at least 177 homes and leaving two people dead. On Friday, it climbed over the Santa Monica Mountains toward Malibu. Jones said she drove into Paradise on Friday with a fire official and two council members to assess the damage. ABC7.com reported that 75,000 homes were under evacuation orders along the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

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