Malibu fire rages through coastal homes

The other nine deaths were in Paradise, a town of 27,000 in northern California, which was destroyed by fire.

Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Dave Richardson says 45,000 people in Ventura County and 43,000 more in Los Angeles County were ordered to evacuate overnight.

A Red Flag Warning for extreme fire weather danger will remain in effect for that same period for Ventura and Los Angeles counties, according to the National Weather Service. Pieces of bodies were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags. Paradise is 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Feeling the heat from the flames, Rauscher's husband pulled out of the line of cars, cutting into what would have been the oncoming traffic lane.

Locals fled the danger, but police told AFP some farmers returned to check on their cattle.

"There's really not much left".

Representatives for Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who was elected on Tuesday to replace Jerry Brown, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The fast-moving blaze in the north, which authorities have named the "Camp Fire", broke out early Thursday.

Fire has killed nine people in Northern California and possibly two in Southern California.

They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze.

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President Trump on Twitter slammed California's "gross mismanagement" of state forests for the "massive, deadly and costly" fires, and threatened to withhold federal aid.

NASA's Terra satellite also snapped a photo of the Camp Fire's plume, in a wide shot that included a view of the Hill and Woolsey fires in Southern California.

"We are failing ourselves", he said.

"I don't have all of the details because we have investigators out on the field attempting to get to those locations" where the casualties were reported, Honea said in a press conference.

"At a time when our every effort should be focused on vanquishing the destructive fires and helping the victims, the president has chosen instead to issue an uninformed political threat aimed squarely at the innocent victims of these cataclysmic fires".

Officials took advantage of temporarily calm conditions to assess damage from the blaze that has burned 109 square miles north and west of downtown Los Angeles.

"I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires and grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones", Lady Gaga said in a tweet. She said, "I don't know if I can do this".

At Pepperdine University in Malibu, where flames were visible Friday, students were told not to evacuate but to take shelter in buildings.

"We're fine, we're at Zuma Beach and we're probably going to sleep in the vehicle tonight", Martin Sheen told Fox News 11, adding that it was the worst fire he had seen in 48 years of living in Malibu.

Residents spoke of flames approaching their vehicles on the gridlocked roads and said electricity poles came crashing down.

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