The two fires, the Woolsey and the Hill fires, had caused the evacuation of 250,000 in Southern California, Cal OES said. "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the road between Paradise and Chico.
Shari Bernacett said her husband tried to get people to leave the Paradise mobile home park they manage and had minutes to evacuate.
The fire in Paradise, about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, was still burning out of control Friday.
The Paradise fire is known as the Camp fire in California, and has now raged across 31 miles (20,000 acres) of the state.
Hundreds of miles south, authorities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have ordered the evacuation of 75,000 homes, as a wildfire bears down on the beach town of Malibu.
The wildfire was reported around daybreak.
There has been much damage from the fire, especially in Paradise, but the blaze is so severe firefighters aren't even able to gauge just how bad the destruction is.
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"It's a very risky and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. "We're working very hard to get people out".
Today, the small town of Stirling City was evacuated.
"Things started exploding", said resident Gina Oviedo.
Actor James Woods started the hashtag #CampFireJamesWoods, retweeting missing-person reports to his more than 1.8 million followers.
Accidents gridlocked routes out of the town and residents abandoned their cars and fled on foot carrying children and pets, Reuters quoted local officials as saying. Some were forced back by clogged roads, but all of them eventually made it out, some in dramatic fashion.
Videos of the area posted on social media showed cars driving along what appeared to be a tunnel of flame, while others depicted untouched lawns or buildings set against a backdrop of deep orange, the fire racing towards people's homes.
"Not one home will be left standing", he said.
Adding to the complexity of the disaster is tonight the district's youth convention is being held at Trinity Life Center in Sacramento - a destination city for numerous thousands evacuating fire-threatened communities.
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There was no estimated time to contain the fire, but officials said they would hold a daily news conference from the same location and time if conditions permit, until the fire is out.
"It's very chaotic", Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol.
"Faculty and staff who work at the Malibu and Calabasas campuses should not report to work unless they are critical support personnel", Pepperdine said.
"The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out".
Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from on Thursday morning. "God help us!", Shary Bernacett said. "They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".
Acting Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the northern part of the state to help facilitate rescue and recovery efforts.
Schuster said they stopped trying to hook up a trailer for the animals and fled their home and property with just their three cats on Thursday when the day turned pitch black as fire roared in.
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