California wildfires: Massive fire almost QUADRUPLES in size to 110 square miles

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This morning at 7:00am, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported via Twitter that the fire is an "imminent threat" to Malibu.

The Chico Fire Department said: 'Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property'.

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 fire broke out Thursday northwest of Los Angeles and roared southward, jumping the USA 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

Strong wind is blowing two brush fires out of control in Ventura County, and one of them has closed a section of Highway 101.

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No injuries have been reported in either fire.

Dettorre is concerned that as the fire crosses the freeway "it will make its historic and typical run all the way down Pacific Coast Highway".

Evacuations are now under way, with tens of thousands of people having already been forced to flee their homes, and hot and dry weather conditions are exacerbating the problem.

Cal Fire has used aircraft minimally because high winds diminish their effectiveness in dropping retardant, Pimlott explained during Friday morning's press conference. Television reports showed several homes on fire in the Oak Park community. "I pray everyone is safe", she on wrote Instagram along with thanks for the responding firefighters and requests for prayers for Calabasas. The blaze sent residents fleeing, and now threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people.

Fire officials state a significant number structures have been damaged or destroyed and is estimated to be over 8,000 acres. Early Friday, the whipping winds prevented fire commanders from ordering aerial assaults in the early morning hours, but some flights began at 5:30 the wind died down.

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A separate fire is threatening Malibu and has caused the city to be evacuated.

The Woolsey Fire exploded to 14,000 acres overnight, driven by 50- to 60-mph winds that helped propel the flames southward across the 101 Freeway in the Liberty Canyon area early Friday.

"We all know this is the second fire that occurred in Ventura County, and it's on the heels of what's happened up in Northern California where they've had devastating loss in Butte County".

Malibu itself - a city of about 12,000 people and known for beachside homes owned by celebrities and millionaires - was put under an evacuation order Friday morning. Meanwhile, the Hill Fire raged close to Highway 101, about eight miles northwest of the city.

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