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Authorities: 9 Confirmed Dead in Northern California Wildfire

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Cathy Fallon reacts as she stands near the charred remains of her home November 9 in Paradise.

More than half the state is in a moderate drought or worse and 18% of the state, including the area near the Woolsey Fire, is in severe drought, according to the US Drought Monitor.

Residents described fleeing their homes and getting stuck in traffic jams as the flames sparked explosions and toppled utility poles.

Power lines rest on cars that were burned by the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018, in Paradise, Calif.

Trump tweets: President Donald Trump blamed the wildfires on the "gross mismanagement of the forests" in a tweet early Saturday. "We had tremendous, demonic winds is the only way I can put it".

Another raging inferno has struck the beach resort of Malibu - home to many Hollywood stars.

Firefighters have been unable to build any containment lines around the Woolsey Fire, but officials said they hoped to take advantage of a lull in winds on Saturday to make progress.

And a Columbia University study released in 2016 says human-induced climate change has doubled the area affected by forest fires in the Western United States over the last 30 years.

The flames destroyed hundreds of homes, a hospital, a gas station, several restaurants and numerous vehicles in Paradise, officials said. The blaze, dubbed the Camp Fire, was driven by dry conditions and strong winds.

The flames spread so fast that firefighters could not be everywhere at once and residents took matters into their own hands.

The fire's cause remained under investigation but Southern California Edison reported to the California Public Utilities Commission that there was an outage on an electrical circuit near where it started as Santa Ana winds blew through the region.

In northern California, a wildfire killed some in their cars as they tried to flee the racing flames.

A healthy forest, experts told the paper, should have 60-80 trees per acre, while the forests around Paradise - home to 27,000 people that is now completely charred - have as much as 2,000 per acre.

SoCal Edison said the report was submitted out of an abundance of caution although there was no indication from fire officials that its equipment may have been involved.

The Ventura County Fire Department said the blaze had burned around 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares) and evacuation orders were issued for some 88,000 homes in Ventura County and neighboring Los Angeles County. It was unclear how many homes have been evacuated within the City of Los Angeles.

And in Malibu, mandatory evacuations were ordered for the entire city, where about 12,000 people live, and is known for celebrity beachside homes. Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said some firefighters were "literally pulling people out of burning homes".

The Woolsey fire, located in Los Angeles County and Ventura County, is 70,000 acres in size.

Tens of thousands of people are displaced from their homes as these fires continue to rage.

The area has been contained, but due to the location, elements and hazards in the area because of the Woosley Fire, homicide detectives will respond to the scene Saturday, Moore said.

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