President Donald Trump said Saturday via Twiitter that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California".
The fast-moving blaze in the north, which authorities have named the "Camp Fire", broke out early Thursday.
"We've had a lot of tragedy in our community", said Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, whose district includes Thousand Oaks.
Firefighters have saved thousands of homes despite working in "extreme, tough fire conditions that they said they have never seen in their life", Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.
Fanned by strong winds, it has scorched 70,000 acres (28,300 hectares) and has not been contained, the California Fire Department (Cal Fire) said. They said their main concern "is with the family who has been displaced, their neighbors, and all the communities impacted by this tragic fire".
Evacuation orders included the entire town of Malibu, which is home to 13,000 residents.
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Butte County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Megan McMann said Friday she did not have details on the circumstances of the death. These fires have also caused wide-spread destruction to homes and establishments, including Caitlyn Jenner's home in Malibu and the Paramount Ranch, and are now not contained. "I just pray the winds are in our favor".
The two dead were severely burned, their bodies discovered in a vehicle on a long residential driveway on a stretch of Mulholland Highway in Malibu, where most of the surrounding structures had burned.
Chico police officer John Barker and his partner evacuated several elderly people from an apartment complex.
Mario Anzuoni / Reuters The burnt wreckage of a vehicle is seen along a road as a flames are seen, in the aftermath of the Woolsey fire in Malibu, Southern Calif., on November 11, 2018.
"They were going off like bombs", said Karen Auday, who escaped to a nearby town.
"We're fine, we're at Zuma Beach and we're probably going to sleep in the auto tonight", Martin Sheen told Fox News 11, adding that it was the worst fire he had seen in 48 years of living in Malibu.
Finally, he decided to make a run for it, hopping in his vehicle and driving home through flames that lapped at the Pacific Coast Highway.
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The monster wildfires still burned out of control on Saturday in northern and southern California, after killing at least nine people, who were found dead in vehicles torched by the flames.
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.
Further north, another huge wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise, leaving nine people dead and 35 missing.
Evacuation orders affected the entire area south of the 101 Freeway from the Ventura County line to Topanga Canyon Boulevard, south to the Pacific Ocean.
A shortwave infrared (SWIR) satelite image of the Camp Fire in Magalia, Paradise, California, on Friday.
But fire officials say fire behaviour has changed statewide after years of drought and record summer heat that have left vegetation extremely crisp and dry.
Homes and other buildings in Paradise were still burning, and fire crews were trying to extinguish those blazes, said Scott McLean, a captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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