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Photos show devastating wildfires on both ends of California

Nat CastañedaComment
Photos show devastating wildfires on both ends of California

Devastating wildfires on both ends of California pushed into new territory Saturday, as fatigued firefighters worked to evacuate residents in harm’s way and contain blazes that already have claimed at least 25 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and other structures and scorched hundreds of square miles.

The three fires began Thursday — the largest in Northern California. In Southern California, two fires were burning in the drought-stricken canyons and hills north and west of downtown Los Angeles.

 A firefighter keeps watch as the wildfire burns a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

A firefighter keeps watch as the wildfire burns a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Malibu, California

Firefighters have saved thousands of homes despite working in “extreme, tough fire conditions that they said they have never seen in their life,” Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

Those vicious conditions on Friday night gave way to calm Saturday, with winds reduced to breezes. No new growth was reported on the larger of the two fires, which stands at 109 square miles (282 square kilometers), and firefighters now have the blaze 5 percent contained.

Hundreds of thousands across the region remain under evacuation orders, and could stay that way for days as winds pick up again.

Fire burned in famously ritzy coastal spots like Malibu , where Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Guillermo del Toro and Martin Sheen were among those forced out of their homes amid a citywide evacuation order.

 Abandoned vehicles line Skyway after a wildfire burned through Paradise, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Abandoned vehicles line Skyway after a wildfire burned through Paradise, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Paradise, California

The few residents of the burned-out Northern California city of Paradise who were able to inspect their property on Saturday saw nothing but disappointment.

Nearly the entire city of 27,000 residents lay in ruins and most were still barred from returning to the still hazardous town where small fires continued to flare.

The fire became California’s third deadliest since record-keeping began, with the death toll surpassing that from a blaze last year that ravaged the city of Santa Rosa.

The flames burned down more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes, making it California’s most destructive wildfire since record-keeping began.

 Fires burn toward the pacific ocean as seen Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, from a helicopter over Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Fires burn toward the pacific ocean as seen Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, from a helicopter over Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Flames burn inside a van as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Emergency personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Palm trees frame a home being destroyed by a wildfire above Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Firefighters push a vehicle from a garage as the Woolsey fire burning a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

A firefighters is covered in smoke as he battles a wildfire Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Agoura Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Krystin Harvey, left, comforts her daughter Araya Cipollini at the remains of their home burned in the Camp Fire, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Leveled residences line a mobile home park on Edgewood Lane after the Camp Fire burned through Paradise, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Capt. Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats while battling the Camp Fire in Big Bend, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Millosovich said the cage fell from the bed of a pick-up truck as an evacuee drove to safety. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

A firefighter sprays water on a controlled burn at a wildfire, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

An evacuee from a wildfire rests on a cot in the Taft Charter High School gymnasium in Los Angeles, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

A piece of art sits outside the burned remains of home Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, that was destroyed by a wildfire that swept through the area Thursday, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Cathy Fallon wipes her face beside her son Gabriel Fallon as she stands near the charred remains of her home Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. "I'll be darned if I'm gonna let those horses burn in the fire" said Fallon, who stayed on her property to protect her 14 horses, "It has to be true love." All of the horses survived. (AP Photo/John Locher)

A deer walks past a destroyed home on Orrin Lane after the wildfire burned through Paradise, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The sun sets through the smoke of a wildfire burning behind Highway 101 closed in both directions outside of Calabasas, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Hospital beds and other equipment sit in a parking lot outside the Feather River Hospital Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. Patients were evacuated from the hospital before a massive wildfire swept through the area, Thursday. One building was burned in the fire, but firefighters were able to stop the blaze before it did more damage. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Horses are tied to lifeguard booths on the beach in Malibu, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Wildfires are burning in both Southern and Northern California. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

A California Highway Patrol vehicle passes a vehicle Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, destroyed by a wildfire in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

 Capt. Adrian Murrieta with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept., looks for hot spots on a wildfire-ravaged home Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Malibu, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Capt. Adrian Murrieta with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept., looks for hot spots on a wildfire-ravaged home Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Malibu, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Sheriff's deputies recover the remains of a victim of the Camp Fire on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Sheriff's deputies search for human remains at a residence destroyed by the Camp Fire on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. The hearse carries multiple victims. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Roger Bloxberg, right, and his wife Anne hug as they watch a wildfire on a hill top near their home Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in West Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


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