Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy made a plea at a fire news conference to residents to help their neighbors during this hard time.
"This is a very risky wind driven fire".
The Woolsey Fire exploded to 14,000 acres overnight, driven by 50- to 60-mph winds that helped propel the flames southward across the 101 Freeway in the Liberty Canyon area early Friday.
"The smell of the smoke and realizing the smoke was a lot closer than I thought and then seeing flames up to my knees". Our community does NOT KNOW to get out and PCH is now gridlocked for miles.
"By the end of the day, I expect to be standing on the beach, shooting a fire burning to the Pacific Ocean", Stuart Palley, a wildfire photographer who has spent the past five years shooting wildfires in California, told me over the phone Friday morning.
It was 0 percent contained and the cause was under investigation.
"Please, please, please if you are asked to voluntarily leave the area, please do", Ventura County fire Capt. Scott Dettore told CNN affiliate KTLA on Friday morning.
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Where are people being evacuated?
Sherri Pritchard said she only had time to grab a few pictures before fleeing with her family and dogs, even leaving clothes behind.
Another blaze in northern California has destroyed one town and is threatening another, officials say.
A separate fire, the Camp Fire, is burning in northern Califonia and has already destroyed several thousand structures. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"
The Hill Fire had consumed 10,000 acres, or 15 square miles, according to Cal Fire, though the Ventura County Fire Department reported no injuries or structure losses at a Thursday night press conference. Over 20 million people in the state are now under red-flag fire warnings. The blaze sent residents fleeing, and now threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people.
Caitlyn Jenner is without a home.
To the west in Ventura County, Moorpark College is closed due to the impacts of fire and Wednesday night's deadly mass shooting in nearby Thousand Oaks.
Firefighters are challenged by residents moving about evacuation areas and high traffic as they follow the fire front. With flames bearing down, firefighters carried people from homes and put them in empty seats of their neighbors' cars, said Carol Napoli, 74. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.