The fire sparked around 2:25 p.m. on Thursday.
"Fortunately for us, it is burning into the old footprint of the Springs Fire of 2013, and the fire activity there has diminished", he told reporters Friday, adding that this has allowed crews to "focus a little bit more heavily" on the Woolsey Fire instead. Her husband was apparently in NY at the time. Forecasts predict continued windy and dry conditions through the weekend, particularly in the northern part of the state, paired with low humidity, a lack of precipitation, and dry vegetation, which are expected to make fire danger worse in some of California's most populated areas.
The first five dead were found in their burned-out vehicles.
Raging wildfires across California have forced 157,000 people from their homes, and have led to at least one death in the north of the state, officials say.
Gov. -elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the area and has requested federal funds to help those impacted by wildfires in the state.
Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeted that he had abandoned his vast "Bleak House" museum collection of fantasy and horror memorabilia, while singer Etheridge said she had moved into a hotel.
Other major fires in the state include the Hill Fire, now 6,000 acres in size, and the Woolsey Fire, which is 8,000 acres in size.
The Butte county sheriff's office says an evacuation order was issued on Friday for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip, north of Paradise, where thousands of homes were destroyed.
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Accidents gridlocked routes out of Paradise and residents abandoned their cars and fled on foot carrying children and pets, Reuters quoted local officials as saying.
Residents of the beachside city of Malibu have been ordered to evacuate as three fast-moving wildfires raged in California on Friday morning, including one that also spurred the evacuation of 75,000 homes near a city that was still reeling from a mass shooting.
A wildfire that moved so fast that firefighters couldn't hope to stop it quadrupled in size Friday after destroying several thousand buildings and leveling much of a Northern California town of almost 30,000 people, authorities said.
"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott Maclean, referring to Paradise, which has a population of 26,000. "It's going to take some time", he said. Tens of thousands had fled the city, just east of Chico, where officials said thousands of buildings had been burnt to the ground.
In Hidden Hills, just north of Calabasas, Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center.
Video of her drive out of town shows the fire emitting an orange-red glow in the distance in the nighttime sky. The nearby Hill Fire ignited around the same time and has since grown to 6,100 acres. The flames threatened affluent neighborhoods in Malibu Canyon and Agoura Hills.
Another fire to the west has burned more than 9 square miles in Ventura County but has slowed since reaching the footprint of a fire stripped away vegetation in 2013. Over 20 million people in the state are now under red-flag fire warnings.