NEWS
09/11/2018 17:12 GMT | Updated 09/11/2018 17:12 GMT

California Wildfires: Malibu Evacuated As Three Fires Destroy More Than 30,000 Acres

One blaze is just 12 miles from Thousand Oaks, where a mass shooting took place earlier this week.

Malibu is the latest California town to be evacuated, as three separate wildfires tear through the state.

The Woolsey Fire threatening the beachside town is currently sweeping through the Santa Monica mountains, after making it across the freeway on Friday morning. 

SIPA USA/PA Images
Embers push through the air in Thousand Oaks, California 

On Friday afternoon, officials announced that Malibu’s 13,000 residents would need to leave their homes.

A further 75,000 homes have already been evacuated, according to local media

Thousand Oaks, a town still reeling from a mass shooting that took place there earlier this week, is among the areas that have already been evacuated because of the Woolsey fire and nearby Hill Fire. 

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Flames consume a Kentucky Fried Chicken as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town and destroyed hundreds of structures. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

A teen centre which was serving as a meeting point for those affected by the shooting was soon repurposed again, becoming an evacuation centre. 

A California fire official said another blaze in northern California nearly quadrupled in size overnight.

Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire near the town of Paradise has grown to nearly 110 square miles.

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Firefighter Adrien Mahnke pauses while battling the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town and destroyed hundreds of structures. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

That blaze has devastated the town of 27,000 people – with homes, supermarkets, restaurants and a retirement home among the buildings destroyed – and is moving north into Sierra Nevada foothill communities.

Speaking on Thursday, fire captain Scott McLean said: “Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it’s that kind of devastation.” 

Resident Gina Oviedo said: “Things started exploding. People started getting out of their vehicles and running.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Flames burn inside a van as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town and destroyed hundreds of structures. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Another woman, Whitney Vaughan, told CNN that she saw one man “sprinting past our house carrying a little baby, running as fast as he could” while fleeing. 

Butte County Sheriff’s Office said an evacuation ordered had been issued for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip.

The fire also reached the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000 people.

SIPA USA/PA Images
November 9, 2018; Oak Park, CA; A neighbor walks by a house on fire on Lafitte Dr. in Oak Park, November 9, 2018.Mandatory Credit: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun/Sipa USA

The cause of the fires is unclear, but dry conditions and unpredictable winds have made things difficult for the 2,2000 firefighters working hard to contain them.

Governor-elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Thursday and has asked for federal funds to help those affected.