The death toll in California’s raging wildfires has risen to 25.
On Saturday, 14 additional bodies were found in Northern California, while the first two casualties were confirmed in Southern California.
That brings the death toll of the northern Camp Fire, which raced through the town of Paradise, to 23, making it the third deadliest fire in California history. It is already the most destructive fire in the state’s history, after destroying at least 6,713 buildings, the vast majority of them homes.
Of the newly discovered bodies, four were found in the community of Concow – two in cars and two in houses.
Another 10 bodies were found in Paradise on Friday – seven in homes and three outside homes.
The death toll is only feared to rise, with at least 110 missing persons reports still pending with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities have four coroner search and recovery teams combing through the remains of Paradise, which was nearly totally destroyed when a fire raged through the town on Thursday and Friday.
Meanwhile in Southern California, two casualties were reported on Friday as well.
Police say the two bodies were discovered ‘severely burned inside of a stopped vehicle’ on a long driveway in a sparsely populated stretch of Mulholland Highway in Malibu on Saturday, after the Woolsey Fire tore through the area, forcing half a million people to evacuate.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s Chief John Benedict declined to offer additional details about the fatalities pending an official investigation.
The first two known deaths in the Woolsey and Hill fires came one day after nine people were reported dead in the Camp Fire several hundred miles north in Butte County.
Earlier on Saturday the Los Angeles Times reported that evacuees were being turned away from overflowing shelters while firefighters continued their tireless efforts to bring the infernos under control.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said the ‘extreme, tough fire conditions’ have been worse than the emergency crews ‘have never seen in their life’, while residents describe the situation as ‘hell’.
Two people have died in the wake of a wildfire ravaging Southern California, authorities announced Saturday afternoon. The casualties bring the death toll in the state to 11 people in two days as three infernos have torched more than 100 square miles
Local resident Lea Johnson surveys the Point Dume neighborhood of Malibu on Saturday after the Woolsey Fire passed
Firefighters knock down flames at a gutted home in Malibu on Saturday morning under treacherous fire conditions
A massive blanket of smoke from the Woosley and Hill fires looms in the sky over Los Angeles County on Friday
Evacuation shelters in Southern California are overflowing as more than 300,000 residents have fled their homes while wildfires tear through communities north of Los Angeles. Pictured: Students at Pepperdine University in Malibu take shelter in a dining area on the campus that was put on lockdown as large areas of the beachside city went up in flames on Friday
The map above shows the three major fires currently alight burning in California, two in the south and one in the north
Communities across Ventura and Los Angeles counties including the city of Malibu, Calabasas and the Topanga Canyon area were placed under evacuation orders on Friday as the Woolsey and Hill fires razed countless buildings and homes to the ground.
More than 600 members of law enforcement canvassed the area through Friday night, pounding on doors to tell a quarter of a million residents to leave their homes as the fires closed in, covering more nearly 75,000 acres as of Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, the Camp Fire in Northern California, now the most destructive in state history, has claimed the lives of at least nine people and another 35 are missing.
The devastating fire almost entirely wiped out the town of Paradise when it tore across Butte County on Thursday and Friday, sending some 50,000 people running for their lives.
Meteorologists warn that strengthening westward winds could push the blaze toward the state capital in Sacramento.
Thousands of people packed up in and fled from Malibu and surrounding areas on Friday as the fire approached. Smoke is seen rising from a gridlocked Pacific Coast Highway in the photo above posted to Twitter by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office
Two thousand firefighters and more than 600 members of law enforcement have been deployed in the Los Angeles area to fight the places and facilitate evacuations. A resident can be seen speaking with a firefighter in Malibu on Friday
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department chaplain Pastor Brian La Spade surveys the damage to properties in the Points Dume neighborhood of Malibu where members of his congregation live on Saturday
Caretakers from an assisted living facility for the elderly Evangeline Nary (right) and Angel Marie Leyba (left) sit with residents at an evacuation center at the Taft Charter High School gymnasium in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles on Friday
The Woolsey Fire has destroyed at least 150 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties since igniting on Thursday afternoon
Meanwhile, the Camp Fire in Northern California,has claimed the lives of at least nine people and another 35 are missing
The larger of the two southern blazes, the Woolsey Fire, ignited near Rocketdyne at around 2pm local time Thursday, quickly spreading southwest toward Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks, the community still reeling from a mass shooting in a bar on Wednesday night.
As of Saturday morning the Woolsey Fire was reportedly still zero percent contained and had covered 70,000 acres as it continues its march up the oceans edge after crossing the Pacific Coast Highway overnight.
To the west of the Woolsey Fire a second, smaller blaze dubbed the Hill Fire has torched almost 5,000 acres in Ventura County after igniting at around the same time in Hill Canyon on Thursday afternoon.
Cal Fire announced the Hill Fire was 25 percent contained as of 8.30am local time on Saturday.
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The southern blazes have not yet killed or injured anyone, but have destroyed many homes and forced thousands to flee for their lives on short notice – including many celebrities who live in the wealthy coastal enclaves under threat.
During a Friday afternoon news conference, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby urged people to obey evacuation orders, saying: ‘I can only imagine the impact of being asked to leave your home. But we’re doing it for your safety.’
One resident of Westlake Village in Los Angeles County, Arita Kronska, described the pain of leaving the home she’s lived in for three decades while knowing that it may not still be standing when she returns.
‘I’ve lived here since 1988,’ the 62-year-old told the Los Angeles Times outside a temporary shelter in Thousand Oaks. ‘This is the first time I’ve seen a fire like this.’
She said the streets were eerily quiet as she drove through her neighborhood Friday morning, evacuating with only her dog, Yoda, and her passport.
‘Nobody was there anymore,’ she said. ‘It was a very strange feeling. No people. No driving. Like in those movies about the apocalypse.’
Kronska took shelter at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, which had served as a meeting point for family members to reunite with their loved ones after a mass shooting at a country bar that left 12 dead just 30 hours earlier.
Judy Goodman sought refuge at the center around the same time after she was awoken by a large crash in her living room when a tree crashed through the roof of her home in Westlake Hills.
Minutes later police were at her door to tell her to leave as the fire was moving into the area.
‘It’s just one thing after another,’ she told the LA Times. ‘I was crying all day yesterday because of the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, and now this happens.’
The Woolsey Hill fire crossed the Pacific Coast Highway overnight Friday and is making its way up the California coast
Meteorologists warn that conditions will likely worsen through this weekend as another strong wind event threatens to fuel the flames pushing them westward toward the Pacific, potentially sending the Camp Fire through the capital in Sacramento
A house burns during the Woolsey Fire on Friday night in Malibu, California. About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to two fires in the region
A fire truck passes by the Woolsey Fire burning a mansion in Malibu Friday night in a blaze that has killed at least nine people
Park Billow, 27, sprays water on the hot spots in his backyard as the Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on Friday
Firefighters battle the Woolsey Fire as it consumes and destroys a Malibu home late on Friday evening, where entire neighborhoods have been leveled
In Thousand Oaks, which was rocked by a mass shooting on Thursday, firefighters monitor a house fully engulfed on Friday
The Woolsey Fire approaches homes on Friday in Malibu, California. About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to two fires in the region
A house along Pacific Coast Highway burns as the Woolsey Fire reached the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California on Friday
Firefighters use a deck gun on a fire engine to try and keep flames from spreading further along Kanan Dume Road on Friday
An owl sits on the beach in Malibu as the Woolsey Fire approaches on Friday, casting an orange glow on the skyline
Rescued animals are corralled on Zuma beach in Malibu, CA. The thickness of the smoke can be seen in the pictures
The Malibu Zoo was safely evacuated and animals were brought to the beach out of the reach of the flames
Three wildfires are seen burning in California on Friday. The larger Camp Fire in the north has killed five and destroyed the town of Paradise. In the south, near Los Angeles the twin Hill and Woolsey Fires have forced an evacuation of Malibu
In Northern California, the Camp Fire was ignited by a faulty PG&E power line on Thursday morning and has since destroyed 6,700 structures and killing at least nine people who had no time to escape.
Abandoned, charred vehicles cluttered the main thoroughfare in Paradise, evidence of the panicked evacuation a day earlier. Most of its buildings are in ruin, entire neighborhoods are leveled and the business district has been wiped out.
In a single day, this Sierra Nevada foothill town of 27,000 founded in the 1800s was largely incinerated by flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do.
Officials said on Friday night that another four people had been killed by the Camp Fire and another 35 were missing. Three of the additional dead individuals were found outside their homes, and one inside a residence.
Three firefighters have been injured battling the northern blaze, out of 3,223 personnel currently involved in the containment efforts. The fire was 20 percent contained as of 8.30am local time Saturday.
President Donald Trump on Friday evening approved an emergency declaration issuing federal funds to support the battle against the Camp Fire and Southern California’s Hill and Woolsey Fires.
He later threatened to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is ‘so poor’.
Trump said via Twitter Saturday that ‘there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California’. The president said ‘billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!’
President Trump blamed ‘poor forest management’ for the wildfire, and threatened to cut federal payments to California
Victims of the Woolsey wait to hear updates about their homes at the evacuation center at Pierce College in Woodland Hills
About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to two fires in the region
Law enforcement controls traffic along Pacific Coast Highway as the Woolsey Fire advances toward the ocean in Malibu
Northern California: This shortwave infrared (SWIR) satellite image shows the Camp Fire surrounding the Concow Reservoir, center, in and around Magalia community on Friday. SWIR imagery can penetrate smoke and detect fires
A Cal Fire firefighter sprays water on a home next to a burning home as the Camp Fire moves through Magalia, California
A rescued donkey stands tied to a road sign on the side of the road after the Camp Fire moved through the area on Friday
Cal Fire Captain Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats found in the road after the Camp Fire moved through on Friday
Businesses continue to burn under a darkened smokey sky in Paradise, north of Sacramento, Friday evening
Smoke rises next to a power line tower after the Camp Fire moved through the area on Friday where it destroyed thousands of homes and hundreds of offices
Firefighters push down a wall while battling against a burning apartment complex in Paradise. The town’s population has been evacuated and entire neighborhoods leveled
Police in Paradise said they had received two reports of looting but have yet to make any arrests. ‘It is despicable conduct,’ Butte County Sheriff Kory L Honea said of would-be looters, vowing swift arrest and maximum penalties.
When Paradise was evacuated, the order set off a desperate exodus in which many motorists got stuck in gridlocked traffic and abandoned their vehicles to flee on foot.
People reported seeing much of the Northern California community of Paradise go up in flames, including homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement center.
‘There was really no firefight involved,’ said Capt Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, explaining that crews gave up attacking the flames and instead helped people evacuate.
‘These firefighters were in the rescue mode all day yesterday.’
The causes of all three fires are under investigation. The Camp Fire began at 6.29am on Friday, while in the south the Hill and Woolsey Fires began on Friday afternoon.
Pacific Gas & Electric Company says it will cooperate with any investigations stemming from the Camp Fire.
The utility told state regulators on Thursday that it experienced a problem on an electrical transmission line near the site of the blaze minutes before the fire broke out. The company said it later observed damage to a transmission tower on the line.
PG&E spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said Friday the information was preliminary and stressed that the cause of the fire has not been determined.
The wildfires come unusually late in the season for California, after a lack of fall rain storms left the region unseasonably dry.
Five people were found burned alive in their cars midday Friday after the relentless Camp Fire ravaged the town of Paradise
Firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames from the Camp Fire consume a home in Magalia in Northern California
Even after sunrise, smoke still filtered the sun over the burned out areas Paradise, as the Camp Fire burns out of control
Abandoned vehicles sit at a car lot in Paradise, north of Sacramento, California on Friday after the Camp Fire ravaged the area
Abandoned cars from fleeing residents of the Magalia and Paradise Pine area, line Skyway road the day after the start of the Camp Fire that continues to burn out of control through the region, fueled by high winds in Butte County, California
Hospital beds and other equipment sit in a parking lot outside the Feather River Hospital Friday in Paradise. Patients were evacuated from the hospital before a massive wildfire swept through the area
The Camp Fire (above) completely engulfed the town of Paradise in Northern California, growing to 70,000 acres since starting on Thursday morning and killing at least five people who became trapped in their cars while trying to escape
In Southern California, wind alerts and red flag warnings have been issued, warning wind gusts could reach 70mph and relative humidity could be as low as two percent.
No injuries have been reported in either southern fire as of Friday, but officials have warned that they will remain life-threatening through the weekend.
At around 7am local time Friday, officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for the entire city of Malibu as the Woolsey Fire raged toward the Pacific Ocean.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department punctuated the evacuation message with the declaration: ‘Imminent threat!’
‘We’re in a situation where this fire is moving quickly – conditions are changing rapidly,’ Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Buschow said at a press conference.
Officials urged anyone who was ordered to evacuate to leave their home without delay in order to clear the way for fire crews to operate.
The Woolsey Fire jumped US Highway 101 in the Calabasas area overnight on Thursday and blazed a path into the Santa Monica Mountains.
By Friday night, the fire had jumped the Pacific Coast Highway and had a clear path to the ocean.
In Southern California, the fire has spread toward the Pacific, forcing the total evacuation of Malibu. Caitlyn Jenner’s home was destroyed by the flames, and other celebrity homes under fire threat are seen on the map above
Disney CEO Bob Iger tweeted this view of the Woolsey Fire from the company’s headquarters in Burbank, California
A helicopter drops water on a brush fire behind a home during the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California on Friday
People watch the heavy smoke rises over the the Santa Monica Mountains during the Woolsy fire in Malibu, California
The Southern California fires are flanking the city of Thousand Oaks, threatening the beleaguered community as it tries to mend itself after a gunman stormed a bar holding ‘College Night’ on Wednesday, killing 12 people and himself.
‘Just 48 hours ago our city experience tragedy that had national implications,’ Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox said at a press conference on Friday night.
He pointed out that many of those affected by the shooting had probably been forced to evacuate their homes, and noted that the loss of property was never comparable to the loss of life.
‘Those lives will never be recovered. Tonight we are talking about a serious fire situation, but thankfully we have not lost a single life,’ the mayor said.
Smoke from the Hill Fire could be seen over the area where a vigil was held last night for the victims of the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill less than 24 hours earlier.
The Thousand Oaks Teen Center that was used as meeting point after the massacre has now been transformed into a shelter from the fire.
In Agoura Hills, the Woolsey Fire destroyed Paramount Ranch, the set of HBO’s Westworld and many other western films and shows.
The church from The Western Town studio at Paramount Ranch is unscathed after the set was almost completely destroyed
The Western Town studio at Paramount Ranch is seen in ruins on Saturday after the Woosley Fire tore through the area
Horses are spooked as the Woolsey Fire moves through the property on Cornell Road near Paramount Ranch on Friday
The Woolsey Fire burns towards the Westworld set at Paramount Ranch on Friday in Agoura Hills, California
Paramount Ranch, where a number of Hollywood westerns have been filmed, is seen after it was decimated by a wildfire
Slide to view: A scene from HBO’s Westworld (left) is seen alongside the fire-devastated movie lot on Friday (right)
HBO said that no cast or crew were at the Paramount Ranch location when it burned down.
Among the films that have been shot at the ranch are Caught in the Draft with Bob Hope, The Lake House with Sandra Bullock, and TV shows including The Mentalist, Weeds and Quickdraw.
Dr Quinn Medicine Woman was also shot there from 1992 to 1997.
Celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Rainn Wilson, and Alyssa Milano have been forced to evacuate as the flames surrounded their homes.
West’s offices in Calabasas also had to be evacuated after the raging wildfire encroached on the area.
Around the same time reports emerged that Caitlyn Jenner’s 3,500 square foot, 4-bedroom pad overlooking the Malibu beach was destroyed by fierce flames from the same blaze.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s mansion nearby in Malibu was seen surrounded by a blanket of thick smoke as the wildfire overtook the beachside city before moving toward Oxnard.
Will Smith posted a video to his Instagram story expressing worry that his own home would be hit by the flames as the path of destruction continues.
Actor Charlie Sheen posted a message on Twitter on Friday evening saying that he had not heard from his parents, Martin and Janet Sheen, since they fled Malibu for a staging area at Zuma Beach.
There were reports of hundreds of people trapped between the flames and the ocean at Zuma Beach, an evacuation zone for large animals, with no food or shelter and escape routes cut off.
Nearly 20,000 acres have been scorched by the twin wildfires tearing across Ventura and Los Angeles counties
The Woolsey Fire burns a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu on Friday. The fire had covered 70,000 acres by Saturday
A firefighter wipes soot from his eyes while fighting flames engulfing a home near Malibu Lake in Southern California on Friday. As of midday the Woolsey and Hill Fires ravaging the area were zero percent contained, according to state officials
The Hill and Woolsey Fires have approached Thousand Oaks from both sides as they scorch a path toward the Pacific
A helicopter dispenses water over flames burning a portion of Griffith Park in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon. Staff at the Los Angeles Zoo, which is located in the park, are preparing animals to be evacuated as the Woolsey Fire approaches
A large plum of smoke from a brush fire rises over a congested Interstate 5 in Los Angeles as thousands evacuate their homes
Large plumes of smoke from a fast moving wildfire are seen in the background as volunteers care for evacuated horses at The Pierce College Equine Center where evacuees are bringing their large and small animals in the Woodland Hills section of LA
The fire has been spread by powerful winds that pushed it through canyons and to the edge of Camarillo Springs and Cal State Channel Islands, both of which were evacuated.
More than 165 firefighters were rushed to the area and eight aerial air tankers have been ordered to tackle the fierce blaze from above.
A ‘red flag’ warning came into effect at 10am today in the San Diego County mountains and valleys and will last until 10pm Friday.
In nearby Newbury Park where ex-marine Ian Michael Long lived, residents stood and watched two scenes unfolding – one of reporters standing outside of home of the suspected shooter, the other a brush fire raging behind their homes.
Connor Chaney, 21, told the LA Times: ‘You feel hopeless. There’s nothing you can do over there or there.’
This morning the flames were said to be only three miles from the Borderline Bar and Grill.
The Hill Fire is burning in the same area as the Springs Fire from 2013, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.
‘The wind is definitely pushing this thing toward the ocean just like the Springs Fire a few years ago,’ Ventura County Fire Capt Brian McGrath told the Los Angeles Times. ‘It’s very fast.’
Flames from the Woolsey Fire scorch a hill on Friday in Calabasas, where more than 1,000 homes have been evacuated
Kim Kardashian and three children given just one hour to evacuate wildfire-threatened Calabasas mansion
Kim Kardashian and her three children were given just one hour to evacuate her home as wildfires swept through California.
The reality TV star flew back from San Quentin jail, where a death row inmate she is campaigning to have released is being held, when she was told to quickly flee the devastating blazes.
As the 38-year-old came into land in her private plane she took aerial videos and pictures of the flames spreading around the around Los Angeles and Ventura County.
The star has asked her fans to ‘pray for Calabasas’ after the reality TV star was ‘evacuated’ from her home due to wildfires.
She took to Instagram to share aerial photos of the Woosley fire in California and praise the efforts of firefighters.
However once she landed, Kim revealed her and kids North, Chicago and Saint only ‘had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home’.
The socialite was returning from a business trip when she spotted the fires from the air.
Kim Kardashian (left) hides her makeup free face behind her friend Larsa Pippen while leaving Epione Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills as her home in Calabasas is threatened by the raging Woolsey Fire on Friday
Kim had just one hour to evacuate the $20million home she shares with Kanye West in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of Calabasas
And once on the ground, Kim made sure to document the action, sharing pictures and videos of first responders to the tragedy.
She captioned as video with: ‘Fire fighters are arriving. Thank you for all that you do for us!!!’ wrote the mother-of-three.’
Kim and rapper Kanye West’s 15,000 sqft estate in Hidden Hills is thought to be worth around $20million.
The fire first erupted on Thursday afternoon east of neighboring city Chatsworth and has since grown to 4,000 acres in Ventura County.
It rapidly burned down several houses as mandatory evacuations were ordered in areas like the Kardashian neighborhood of Hidden Hills.
Kim and her sister Kourtney, 39, both live in exclusive Calabasas, near their mother Kris Jenner and brother Rob.
Kourtney left her Calabasas home and posted an Instagram picture of suitcases in her car as she went to stay with sister Kendall Jenner’s house in Beverly Hills and joked she was raiding her pantry for food.
Kim Kardashian has asked her fans to ‘pray for Calabasas’ after the reality TV star was ‘evacuated’ from her home due to wildfires. She shared the photo above with her three kids [L-R] North, Chicago and Saint last night
She wrote alongside the picture: ‘I pray that everyone is kept safe and protected from these fires. No Calabasas tonight.’
Kris Jenner’s upmarket Hidden Hills neighborhood was evacuated, but she was also not at her $9.9m home as the drama unfolded as she was watching daughter, Kendall, take to the catwalk and star in the Victoria Secrets fashion show in New York.
Kylie was not in California at the time as she was supporting boyfriend, Travis Scott, at his Astroworld tour in Baltimore, Maryland.
Khloe Kardashian revealed that she and daughter True were staying with Rob Kardashian and his daughter, Dream, who live near Kris, but were not forced out of their home.
She tweeted last night: ‘I am with Rob, Dream and True and I am up keeping watch! Saying prayers and thanking all of the brave firefighters who risk their lives for us.’
Reporting by Chris Dyer for MailOnline
On Friday officials confirmed that five people had been found dead in their vehicles after having been burnt alive by ferocious flames in Northern California’s Camp Fire.
In the northern part of the state, the town of Paradise has been ‘pretty much destroyed’ by a raging wildfire that forced some 27,000 terrified residents to flee their homes.
All of the city’s 27,000 residents were ordered to evacuate on Thursday as the wildfire quickly turned into an inferno.
Many residents said traffic jams developed as they left as panicked people fled, some abandoning their cars to try to escape on foot.
Evacuees were seen clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the blaze that engulfed the town, destroying hundreds of buildings and causing highway pylons to collapse into roads.
One witness Gina Oviedo described a devastating scene as she fled the town as the flames took over, saying: ‘Things started exploding. People started getting out of their vehicles and running.’
An ABC News crews caught the ‘firenado’ in action as wildfires swept through Butte County in nouthern California
Officials say nearly every structure in Paradise has been razed by out-of-control flames and multiple people have likely died. Pictured are the remains of the Blackbear Diner as fire roared past, taking with it a hospital, a gas station and dozens of homes
Some 2,000 firefighters are working to bring the Camp Fire under control as it ravages Butte County north of Sacramento
Embers blow in the wind as the flames from the Camp Fire tear through a KFC restaurant in Paradise on Thursday
A home burns to the ground in Paradise as the Camp Fire quadrupled in size over Thursday night, scorching 110 square miles
California Highway Patrol officers attempt to transfer a potbelly pig they rescued to Butte County Animal control officers in Paradise, as the Camp Fire continues to burn out of control through the region
Paradise resident Cathy Fallonstands near the charred remains of her home. ‘I’ll be darned if I’m going to 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.’ The horses all survived
An American flag stands above the smoldering ground outside a home in Paradise after the Camp Fire passed through
‘Ominous’ piece of burnt paper descends from sky amid fast-moving California blaze
As a vicious wildfire rages through Northern California, the warning to flee came to one woman in the form of a small ‘ominous’ piece of charred paper that descended from the sky.
Nicole Kowalczyke, of Chico, said she stepped outside her home on Thursday around 9am to assess the menacing cloud of black smoke taking over the sky about 10 miles away from her home.
As she stood outside the single piece of burnt parchment floated down from above.
‘I thought, “If this is a piece of the Bible, this is going to be crazy,”‘ she said to the San Francisco Gate. ‘It looked very ominous. It was kind of a like a leaf…how they fall down.’
Nicole Kowalczyke, of Chico, shared this photo of a charred piece of paper that descended from the blackened sky on Thursday, near the Camp Fire blaze
But upon a closer look she said the singed piece of paper appeared to be from a fire manual and included information about fire hose pressure.
She shared it to social media where writing: ‘I was standing outside looking at the smoke in the sky with the #campfire near my office and this fell out of the sky.’
The picture racked up more than 500 likes with some Twitter users saying the paper looked like a ‘holy message’.
‘Wow. At least it’s not a piece of a page from the #Bible. Then, I would be getting in my vehicle and heading for the ocean…’ twitter user David Nyro wrote.
‘Dang…don’t scare me….there for a minute, I thought it was the Constitution,’ one Twitter user wrote.
‘That’s a poignant photo. Hope you aren’t too close,’ another added.
‘This is disconcerting to see. Burned debris falling from sky from #CampFire is a page from a fire truck manual,’ yet another Twitter fan said.
Some online users said they had eerily similar incidents happen to them.
‘I’ll never forget that happening years ago during the huge Oakland fires. Just heartbreaking,’ Twitter user Kim O’Connor said.
‘I had a VERY similar thing happen to me during the Carr Fire a few months ago in Redding. The page was from a Self Help/Inspirational book, but nearly the whole page fell at my feet during the fire tornado.’
Meanwhile, families in search of missing loved ones have received aid from an unlikely source: actor James Woods.
The award-winning actor has filled his Twitter page -@RealJamesWoods – with retweets of nearly 20 posts from relatives pleading for information about their missing loved ones.
Woods tweeted: ‘To all my wonderful followers: I want to thank you for your extraordinary efforts tonight connecting people with lost loved ones in the terrible #CampFire. Your thousands of retweets of invaluable information literally saved lives. God bless you all.’
At the top of the profile Woods pinned a link to a running list of missing persons, which stood at a total of 40 as of 10am PST Friday morning.
The award-winning actor has retweeted nearly 20 posts from relatives pleading for information about loved ones
Actor James Woods has been helping families in search of loved ones caught up in the Camp Fire by turning his Twitter account – @RealJamesWoods – into a missing persons database