(CNN)In a matter of days, a Northern California fire has become the most destructive in the state’s modern history, killing at least nine people and wiping out much of an entire town.

A quarter of a million people have been forced from their homes statewide as the Camp Fire in the north and two other major fires — Woolsey and Hill — in Southern California burned this weekend. Why the California wildfires are spreading so quicklyWhy the California wildfires are spreading so quicklyWhy the California wildfires are spreading so quicklyAs firefighters struggle to contain the uncontrolled wildfires, forecasters said intense winds and low humidity could fuel the blazes and make them spread even farther. Much of the state hasn’t seen rain in more than a month, according to CNN meteorologists, and the dry vegetation has only served to fuel the fires. Evacuees trapped in traffic abandoned their cars and ran with their children in tow as the Camp Fire quickly closed in on Northern California’s Butte County. Malibu mansions burned to the ground in Southern California, while another fast-growing brush fire left employees at the Los Angeles Zoo racing to protect animals from smoke. Read MoreIn Thousand Oaks, a community mourning this week’s mass shooting, a recreation center where survivors grieved was filled with people fleeing the fire. Latest developments• Death toll: The fast-moving Camp Fire killed at least nine people in Northern California. Some were inside cars, and others were near or inside homes. The dead have not been identified. Law enforcement is also investigating two deaths in Malibu in an area affected by the Woolsey Fire, though it’s unclear if those deaths were consequences of the fire.• Burning and growing: The Camp Fire is the largest of the three major fires, swelling to 100,000 acres by Saturday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. The Woolsey Fire doubled in size overnight, growing to 70,000 acres. The Hill Fire was at 4,500 acres. • Trump tweets: President Donald Trump blamed the wildfires on the “gross mismanagement of the forests” in a tweet early Saturday. “Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” he said. • Massive evacuations: Fire officials estimate the number of people forced from their homes statewide is more than 250,000. • Containment: Firefighters are struggling to put down the flames. The Camp Fire is 20% contained, while the Woolsey Fire remains uncontrolled. The Hill Fire was 25% contained. • Destruction: In Northern California, nearly 7,000 structures have been destroyed, including 80% to 90% of the homes in Paradise, north of Sacramento. In Los Angeles and Ventura counties, a significant number of homes were destroyed or damaged, fire officials said. Roger Bloxberg and his wife, Anne, hug as they watch a wildfire on a hilltop Friday, November 9, near their home in the West Hills area of Los Angeles.Roger Bloxberg and his wife, Anne, hug as they watch a wildfire on a hilltop Friday, November 9, near their home in the West Hills area of Los Angeles. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaRoger Bloxberg and his wife, Anne, hug as they watch a wildfire on a hilltop Friday, November 9, near their home in the West Hills area of Los Angeles.Hide Caption 1 of 39Malibu Mayor Rick Mullen, who is also a firefighter, surveys a house engulfed in flames in his city as the Woolsey Fire comes down a hill on November 9.Malibu Mayor Rick Mullen, who is also a firefighter, surveys a house engulfed in flames in his city as the Woolsey Fire comes down a hill on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaMalibu Mayor Rick Mullen, who is also a firefighter, surveys a house engulfed in flames in his city as the Woolsey Fire comes down a hill on November 9.Hide Caption 2 of 39A massive smoke plume, powered by strong winds, rises above the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9.A massive smoke plume, powered by strong winds, rises above the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA massive smoke plume, powered by strong winds, rises above the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9.Hide Caption 3 of 39Cathy Fallon stands near the charred remains of her home in Paradise on November 9. The Camp Fire has wiped out much of the town north of Sacramento.Cathy Fallon stands near the charred remains of her home in Paradise on November 9. The Camp Fire has wiped out much of the town north of Sacramento. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaCathy Fallon stands near the charred remains of her home in Paradise on November 9. The Camp Fire has wiped out much of the town north of Sacramento.Hide Caption 4 of 39A firefighter sprays down palm trees as the Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. A firefighter sprays down palm trees as the Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA firefighter sprays down palm trees as the Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. Hide Caption 5 of 39Llamas are tied to a lifeguard stand on the beach in Malibu on November 9.Llamas are tied to a lifeguard stand on the beach in Malibu on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaLlamas are tied to a lifeguard stand on the beach in Malibu on November 9.Hide Caption 6 of 39A woman reacts to devastation of the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9. A woman reacts to devastation of the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA woman reacts to devastation of the Woolsey Fire in Malibu on November 9. Hide Caption 7 of 39Firefighters Omar Velasquez, center, Cory Darrigo, left, and Sam Quan rest in the backyard of a home in Westlake Village on November 9 after fighting the Woolsey Fire all night.Firefighters Omar Velasquez, center, Cory Darrigo, left, and Sam Quan rest in the backyard of a home in Westlake Village on November 9 after fighting the Woolsey Fire all night. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaFirefighters Omar Velasquez, center, Cory Darrigo, left, and Sam Quan rest in the backyard of a home in Westlake Village on November 9 after fighting the Woolsey Fire all night.Hide Caption 8 of 39Gabi and Jonah Frank walk on the Pacific Coast Highway as the Woolsey Fire threatens their Malibu home on November 9.Gabi and Jonah Frank walk on the Pacific Coast Highway as the Woolsey Fire threatens their Malibu home on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaGabi and Jonah Frank walk on the Pacific Coast Highway as the Woolsey Fire threatens their Malibu home on November 9.Hide Caption 9 of 39A satellite image taken by NASA's Operational Land Imager shows the Camp Fire in Northern California.A satellite image taken by NASA's Operational Land Imager shows the Camp Fire in Northern California. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA satellite image taken by NASA’s Operational Land Imager shows the Camp Fire in Northern California.Hide Caption 10 of 39A firefighter keeps watch as the Woolsey Fire burns a home near Malibou Lake on November 9. A firefighter keeps watch as the Woolsey Fire burns a home near Malibou Lake on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA firefighter keeps watch as the Woolsey Fire burns a home near Malibou Lake on November 9. Hide Caption 11 of 39The Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. The community is known for celebrity beachside homes.The Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. The community is known for celebrity beachside homes. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaThe Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu on November 9. The community is known for celebrity beachside homes.Hide Caption 12 of 39Cars destroyed by the Camp Fire sit in a used car lot in Paradise on November 9.Cars destroyed by the Camp Fire sit in a used car lot in Paradise on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaCars destroyed by the Camp Fire sit in a used car lot in Paradise on November 9.Hide Caption 13 of 39Fire Capt. Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats that fell from an evacuee's pickup while he battles the Camp Fire in Big Bend on November 9.Fire Capt. Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats that fell from an evacuee's pickup while he battles the Camp Fire in Big Bend on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaFire Capt. Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats that fell from an evacuee’s pickup while he battles the Camp Fire in Big Bend on November 9.Hide Caption 14 of 39Evacuees rest on cots supplied by the Red Cross at a Los Angeles high school gym on November 9.Evacuees rest on cots supplied by the Red Cross at a Los Angeles high school gym on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaEvacuees rest on cots supplied by the Red Cross at a Los Angeles high school gym on November 9.Hide Caption 15 of 39Firefighters battle flames in Thousand Oaks early November 9.Firefighters battle flames in Thousand Oaks early November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaFirefighters battle flames in Thousand Oaks early November 9.Hide Caption 16 of 39Smoke billows above Malibu trees in this photo <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp92n5LnoB1/" target="_blank">posted to Instagram</a> by Julie Ellerton.Smoke billows above Malibu trees in this photo <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp92n5LnoB1/" target="_blank">posted to Instagram</a> by Julie Ellerton. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaSmoke billows above Malibu trees in this photo posted to Instagram by Julie Ellerton.Hide Caption 17 of 39Firefighters push a vehicle from a garage as the Woolsey Fire burns a home in Malibu on November 9.Firefighters push a vehicle from a garage as the Woolsey Fire burns a home in Malibu on November 9. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaFirefighters push a vehicle from a garage as the Woolsey Fire burns a home in Malibu on November 9.Hide Caption 18 of 39Patients are evacuated from Paradise's Feather River Hospital as it burns on Thursday, November 8.Patients are evacuated from Paradise's Feather River Hospital as it burns on Thursday, November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaPatients are evacuated from Paradise’s Feather River Hospital as it burns on Thursday, November 8.Hide Caption 19 of 39Juanita and Wayne McLish sit on a curb November 8 after losing their house to the Camp Fire in Paradise.Juanita and Wayne McLish sit on a curb November 8 after losing their house to the Camp Fire in Paradise. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaJuanita and Wayne McLish sit on a curb November 8 after losing their house to the Camp Fire in Paradise.Hide Caption 20 of 39The Hill Fire burns in Thousand Oaks on November 8.The Hill Fire burns in Thousand Oaks on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaThe Hill Fire burns in Thousand Oaks on November 8.Hide Caption 21 of 39The Woolsey Fire burns in Ventura County, where Jason Bauer told CNN his parents had just been evacuated from their home.The Woolsey Fire burns in Ventura County, where Jason Bauer told CNN his parents had just been evacuated from their home. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaThe Woolsey Fire burns in Ventura County, where Jason Bauer told CNN his parents had just been evacuated from their home.Hide Caption 22 of 39People embrace in the parking lot of a Paradise hospital as the Camp Fire engulfed it on November 8.People embrace in the parking lot of a Paradise hospital as the Camp Fire engulfed it on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaPeople embrace in the parking lot of a Paradise hospital as the Camp Fire engulfed it on November 8.Hide Caption 23 of 39The Paradise Inn burns on November 8.The Paradise Inn burns on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaThe Paradise Inn burns on November 8.Hide Caption 24 of 39A firefighter works to extinguish a spot fire at a home in Paradise.A firefighter works to extinguish a spot fire at a home in Paradise. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA firefighter works to extinguish a spot fire at a home in Paradise.Hide Caption 25 of 39Vehicles and homes burn as the Camp Fire rips through Paradise, California, on Thursday, November 8. A state of emergency has been declared in Butte County, where thousands have been forced to evacuate.Vehicles and homes burn as the Camp Fire rips through Paradise, California, on Thursday, November 8. A state of emergency has been declared in Butte County, where thousands have been forced to evacuate. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaVehicles and homes burn as the Camp Fire rips through Paradise, California, on Thursday, November 8. A state of emergency has been declared in Butte County, where thousands have been forced to evacuate.Hide Caption 26 of 39Dogs roam a burned-out neighborhood in Paradise.Dogs roam a burned-out neighborhood in Paradise. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaDogs roam a burned-out neighborhood in Paradise.Hide Caption 27 of 39Hospital staff and first responders evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital in Paradise on November 8.Hospital staff and first responders evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital in Paradise on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaHospital staff and first responders evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital in Paradise on November 8.Hide Caption 28 of 39A fire emergency crew works to protect the Paradise Town Hall from the encroaching Camp Fire on November 8.A fire emergency crew works to protect the Paradise Town Hall from the encroaching Camp Fire on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA fire emergency crew works to protect the Paradise Town Hall from the encroaching Camp Fire on November 8.Hide Caption 29 of 39A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise.A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise.Hide Caption 30 of 39A vintage car rests among debris in Paradise.A vintage car rests among debris in Paradise. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA vintage car rests among debris in Paradise.Hide Caption 31 of 39Medical personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns in Paradise on November 8.Medical personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns in Paradise on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaMedical personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns in Paradise on November 8.Hide Caption 32 of 39Smoke fills the sky over Paradise on November 8. Paradise, located about 85 miles north of Sacramento, has 26,000 residents. Smoke fills the sky over Paradise on November 8. Paradise, located about 85 miles north of Sacramento, has 26,000 residents. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaSmoke fills the sky over Paradise on November 8. Paradise, located about 85 miles north of Sacramento, has 26,000 residents. Hide Caption 33 of 39The remains of a building are seen after being consumed by the Camp Fire.The remains of a building are seen after being consumed by the Camp Fire. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaThe remains of a building are seen after being consumed by the Camp Fire.Hide Caption 34 of 39A firefighter monitors a burning home on November 8.A firefighter monitors a burning home on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA firefighter monitors a burning home on November 8.Hide Caption 35 of 39California Highway Patrol officers attempt to transfer a potbelly pig they rescued in Butte County on November 8.California Highway Patrol officers attempt to transfer a potbelly pig they rescued in Butte County on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaCalifornia Highway Patrol officers attempt to transfer a potbelly pig they rescued in Butte County on November 8.Hide Caption 36 of 39A Paradise home is engulfed in flames on November 8. A Paradise home is engulfed in flames on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA Paradise home is engulfed in flames on November 8. Hide Caption 37 of 39A group of firefighters monitor a back fire while attempting to save homes in Paradise on November 8. A group of firefighters monitor a back fire while attempting to save homes in Paradise on November 8. Photos: In pictures: Wildfires tear across CaliforniaA group of firefighters monitor a back fire while attempting to save homes in Paradise on November 8. Hide Caption 38 of 39Flames burn inside a van as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise on November 8.Flames burn inside a van as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise on November 8. 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The bodies of five people were found in or near a vehicle, and the other four were in or outside a home. It took just a few hours for the fire to explode in size after breaking out early Thursday morning. Among the communities hit was Paradise, a town about 80 miles north of Sacramento.Families raced to escape the blaze as it consumed much of the town. Footage captured by evacuees showed flames along roads, scorching trees and devouring houses.“The flames were whipping and spreading so fast,” Whitney Vaughan said after fleeing her home in Paradise. “It began to jump the road. There wasn’t anywhere to go.”The town was mostly empty, and the main road littered with downed trees and power lines. Burnt out cars line blackened roadsides, abandoned in the panic and chaos of the evacuations. Here's how you can help those affected by the California wildfiresHere's how you can help those affected by the California wildfiresHere's how you can help those affected by the California wildfires“We do intend to rebuild,” Paradise Mayor Jody Jones told CNN. “It’s going to be a process — a lot of hard work, a lot of coming together. “We want to see Paradise be Paradise again.” An estimated 52,000 people evacuated in Butte County, where Paradise is located. Fire officials said three firefighters and some civilians were hurt, but details about their injuries were unknown. About 35 people have been reported missing, authorities said. Woolsey FireMore than 200,000 people have fled in Ventura County and in Malibu in Los Angeles County due to the Woolsey Fire, officials said. Firefighters worked to protect thousands of students and staff sheltering in place Saturday at Pepperdine University as flames started reaching the campus overnight, school officials said. A massive smoke plume, powered by strong winds, rises above the the Woolsey Fire on Friday in Malibu.  A massive smoke plume, powered by strong winds, rises above the the Woolsey Fire on Friday in Malibu. A massive smoke plume, powered by strong winds, rises above the the Woolsey Fire on Friday in Malibu. The fire crossed US 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks — the site of Wednesday night’s bar shooting — and was headed south to the Pacific coast in the direction of Malibu Creek State Park and the city of Malibu, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.In Malibu, mandatory evacuations were ordered for the entire city of about 12,000 people that’s known for its celebrity beachside homes.Two people were arrested in looting incidents Friday during the evacuations, according to Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow. The howling Santa Ana winds fueled the Woolsey Fire. These are strong, dry winds that high-pressure systems push from east to west, from the mountains and desert areas down into the Los Angeles area.Fire officials said the winds had temporarily died down Saturday, giving them a brief opportunity to make progress. “This is just a lull,” Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, “so we’re going to take advantage of that and try to get as much line perimeter in as we can with the expectation that we will get more winds tomorrow.”Another round of Santa Ana winds is forecast to whip the area Sunday through Tuesday, though it may be weaker than Friday’s.Hill FireThe Hill Fire is burning near the site of this week’s mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.”It’s been a brutal, hellish three days for the city of Thousand Oaks,” City Councilwoman Claudia Bill-de la Peña said at a press conference Saturday. The fire started Thursday and initially spread quickly, torching 10,000 acres in six hours. But firefighters have made some progress. A firefighters battles a wildfire Friday in Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County.A firefighters battles a wildfire Friday in Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County.A firefighters battles a wildfire Friday in Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County.Part of the fast-moving blaze was burning into the footprint of a 2013 wildfire, which could slow its spread, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said. No houses or businesses have been lost, but a number of RVs and outbuildings have been burned, and a firefighter suffered a minor injury, authorities said.

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