Three raging California wildfires have caused widespread destruction in both northern and southern parts of the state. At least nine people have died, while many others are still missing. Out of the deceased, five were found dead in a car in Butte County in northern California that was hit by the Camp Fire.

The destructive Camp Fire has also obliterated 80% – 90% of homes in the town. According to the Butte County sheriff, at least 35 people are still missing in the wake of the Camp Fire. Such is the destruction that Cal Fire, the state’s fire-fighting agency has declared Camp Fire as one of the worst blazes in the history of California wildfires.

West of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire has made its way to the coastal town of Malibu, incarcerating several homes. The fire originated near Thousand Oaks, which is still recuperating from a fatal bar shooting incident. Thousand Oaks is situated towards the north-west of Los Angeles. The fire has prompted evacuation of 75,000 homes in the town.

A map showing the three raging California wildfires

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Authorities have ordered many residents of Calabasas and Malibu to evacuate their homes. Both these town are home to many Hollywood stars and celebrities, who have been sharing updates and concerns on social media.

Understanding the California Wildfires

Camp Fire, deadliest of the three California wildfires, originated on Thursday near the Pulmas National Forest in Pulga. Although it has only burned 10 to 15 acres of land when the firefighters arrived initially, it spread quickly due to wind gusts at a speed of about 50 mph. It has burned close to 70,000 acres of land, threatening more than 15,000 structures and establishments.

Low humidity and high temperatures in California have also contributed to the fast propagation of Camp Fire. Officials have issued a Red Flag Warning in most parts of Northern California. The regions, which is prone to wildfires, has been battling many such disasters in the past including the Mendocino and Thomas fires since 2017.