MAP: Where the wildfires are burning in SoCal

An unknown number of homes and buildings in Paradise have been destroyed by the Camp Fire

Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu residence was reportedly destroyed by the Woolsey wildfires in California.

A wildfire that moved so fast that firefighters couldn't hope to stop it quadrupled in size Friday after destroying several thousand buildings and leveling much of a Northern California town of almost 30,000 people, authorities said.

For Thousand Oaks, which had been considered one of the safest cities in the nation before a gunman massacred 12 people at a country music bar, the spasm of violence jolted the city's sense of security. Thousand Oaks is a 30-minute drive north of Malibu.

The Woolsey Fire triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu.

The fire then pushed southward, jumped the wide USA 101 freeway before dawn Friday and pushed into the Santa Monica range. Another fire northwest of Los Angeles has been swept southward toward the ocean by strong Santa Ana winds.

The fire began about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Woolsey Canyon, east of Simi Valley.

An 10,000 acre plus brush fire known as the Hill Fire is burning out of control on the Conejo Grade, north of Newbury Park.

The flames are now threatening coastal areas further south, fire officials said.

Multiple injuries have been reported by both civilians and firefighters, Cal Fire spokesman John Gaddie said.

At least 75,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are under evacuation orders, and some structures have already been destroyed, officials said. The director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services says fires across California have forced 157,000 people from their homes. "This fire moved so fast and grew so fast a lot of people got caught by it". One woman stuck in traffic went into labour, the Enterprise-Record newspaper reported. Highway 70, located near the wildfire, was closed down and the California Highway Patrol asked drivers to avoid the road. Staff and 41 patients at the Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise were evacuated to other hospitals because it was close to the oncoming wildfire.

Late Thursday, more than 2,200 firefighters were battling the flames and the fire remains uncontained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

As fires sparked in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, more celebrities found themselves in jeopardy.

The swift-moving Camp Fire, raging about 80 miles north of Sacramento, consumed Paradise, and moved Friday morning into the eastern side of Chico, a city with a population of around 90,000.

Wind gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour (80 to 113 kph) were expected in the mountains of Ventura County and up to 50 miles per hour in its valleys and coastal areas, the NWS said.

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