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California fire spreads to Malibu, thousands flee homes

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Washington | Friday, Nov 9 2018 IST
As many as thousands of residents of Los Angeles have been directed to evacuate immediately as a massive wildfire spreads.

The blaze is spreading south, and is including parts of Malibu.

However, there were no reports of casualties or injuries,reported the BBC.

Another fire in northern California, a number of civilians and firefighters had been injured in the fire north of Sacramento but it would be days before the authorities knew whether anyone had died, the state's forestry and fire protection Spokesperson said.

The blaze has spread rapidly overnight and are now threatening coastal areas further south, fire officials said.

The fire broke out near Thousand Oaks, an area about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles prompting the evacuation of 75,000 homes.

Earlier, the fire devastated the town of Paradise in the Sierra foothills, home to 26,000 people.

"There's nothing left standing," said Mr Maclean.

Thousands were evacuated, including from schools and hospitals.

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