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PG&E: Transmission Line Issue Happened Near Origin Of Camp Fire

PG&E: Transmission Line Issue Happened Near Origin Of Camp Fire

Around 150,000 people have also been evacuated from their homes.

More than 250,000 people have been evacuated across the areas.

"The magnitude of destruction we have seen is really unbelievable and heartbreaking and our hearts go to everybody who has been affected by this", said Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

Where is the Woolsey Fire spreading to?

The blaze started on Thursday near Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64km) north-west of central Los Angeles.

As of Friday morning, evacuation centers were set up at Thousand Oaks High School, at 2323 North Moorpark Road; the Borchard Community Center at 190 Reino Road in Newbury Park; and Camarillo Community Center at 1605 Burnley St.

Drivers heading south to Los Angeles will encounter closures on both sides of Highway 101 from Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura Hills to Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, according to Caltrans District 7.

"We're just hoping that our brand new home that we were hoping to move into tomorrow is not burned to the ground", Winstead said.

By Friday morning, a day after the fire broke out along Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road in Butte County, firefighters said about 80 percent of the town, population 26,000, was lost.

"This is the new normal", Los Angeles County Fire Captain Erik Scott told a local television station.




Rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West are among those who have taken to social media to confirm that they are safe. And it is just one of several major wildfires now cutting a fiery path through the state.

The singer Cher, who is performing in Las Vegas, tweeted that she was anxious about her Malibu home.

By 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Paradise resident Tanah Clunies-Ross said she could not see her vehicle from her front door through the cloud of smoke. No fire-related injuries or fatalities have been reported as of yet, but winds expected to reach 112 kilometers per hour (70 mph) could help the fire continue to spread.

Where is the Camp Fire?

Flames from the unchecked, 20,000-acre (8,100-hectare) Camp Fire were being driven westward by 35-mile-per hour (56 km-per-hour) winds, fire officials said. More than 6,700 homes and businesses were destroyed and residents fled for their lives. Some were forced to abandon their cars and sprint to safety as the intense flames closed in.

Northern California officials say investigators found five people dead in vehicles that were torched by the flames of a ferocious wildfire. Three more were found outside a residence, and one inside a house.

Dozens of other people were reported missing.

"It's a worst-case scenario", Bass said. "It was the event we have feared for a long time".

She and her husband "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as numerous residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible, Bernacett said. "I'll be darned if I'm going to let those horses burn in the fire", said Fallon, who stayed on her property to protect her 14 horses, all of which survived.

Walking among the ashes of people's lives is eerie and bad. A sooty squirrel scrambles up a blackened tree in a panic.


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