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A home burns during the Camp fire in Paradise in Northern California on Nov. 8 2018

In the San Francisco Bay area, some 180 miles away from Paradise, locals have been encouraged to stay indoors due to worsening air quality caused by smoke from the fire.

Only a day after it began, the blaze that started outside the hilly town of Paradise had grown on Friday to nearly 360 square kilometers (140 square miles) and destroyed more than 6,700 structures, almost all of them homes, making it California's most destructive wildfire since record-keeping began.

ABC7.com reported that 75,000 homes were under evacuation orders along the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

One such unofficial report on Woods' feed said seven elderly residents from Feather Canyon Retirement Home were found safe at another retirement home in Oroville.

"It was absolutely dark", said resident Mike Molloy, who said he made a split decision based on the wind to leave Thursday morning, packing only the minimum and joining a sea of other vehicles.

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection official told Sputnik on Friday the wildfire has burned through 70,000 acres of land and 5 percent has been contained.

USA media reports that schools have also been closed and evacuated due to the fire, and animals have been moved out of the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.

The flames descended on Paradise so quickly that many people were forced to abandon their cars and run for their lives down the sole road through the mountain town.

There is now a large animal evacuation center set up at the Zuma Beach parking lot in Malibu and another at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, according to the alert.

Some of the patients were initially turned around during their evacuation because of gridlocked traffic and later airlifted to other hospitals, along with some staff, Kinney said.

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"Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming", he said.

Thousands of cars stood bumper to bumper, trying to ply their way slowly south to safer parts - all while a bank of thick gray smoke crept over the horizon.

Chico police officer John Barker and his partner evacuated several elderly people from an apartment complex.

Cal Fire's Bill Murphy says winds have calmed down in the valley but that there are "shifting, erratic winds" with speeds of up to 45mph (72 km/h) along ridge tops.

Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from Thursday morning.

The Utah County crew will be deployed a minimum 16 days and up to 21 days, Nelson said, meaning once again they'll miss Thanksgiving at home.

California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to provide assistance to the fire-hit areas.

The Camp Fire ignited Thursday and evolved into the most fierce of the wind-driven fires in what has been one of the worst years for wildfires in California.

Given the fires' rapid movement and volatile conditions, The Los Angeles Times is maintaining a live feed with the most current data available. However, at this time it can't be determined if the building were destroyed or only partially damaged - though fire officials are saying the city was decimated by the flames. The 101 is now closed in both directions from Las Virgenes to Reyes Adobe, an eerie site on one of SoCal's most traveled freeways.

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