Read more One of the fires broke out on Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the US 101 freeway early on Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica mountains.
Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 21 miles (34km) of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range.
The Los Angeles county fire department tweeted that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: Imminent threat!
Malibu Under Evacuation Orders as Massive Fire Rages
The director of the California governors office of emergency services said fires across California have forced 157,000 people from their homes. Mark Ghilarducci provided the figure at a news briefing on Friday.
Woolsey Fire burns 8,000 acres; 75K homes under evacuation orders
Voluntary evacuations of 75,000 homes had already been called for because of the Woolsey fire that affected parts of Thousand Oaks, the site of a shooting massacre this week. Thousand Oaks is a 30-minute drive north of Malibu.
The Los Angeles and Ventura county fire departments say multiple buildings have been destroyed or damaged, but exact numbers were not available early on Friday.
The flames are being driven by southern Californias notorious Santa Ana winds, which blow from the north-east toward the coast.
Paradise, located on a ridge, has limited escape routes. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames, carrying children and pets, officials said. One woman stuck in traffic went into labor, the Enterprise-Record newspaper reported.
A second fire has been burning in the Santa Rosa Valley east of Camarillo, west of Simi Valley near Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks. By Thursday evening, it had scorched up to 7,000 acres and sent residents of more than 1,200 homes fleeing, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Meanwhile, officials in northern California say a wildfire that devastated a town of 27,000 is moving north and have ordered people in two Sierra Nevada foothill communities to leave their homes.
The Butte county sheriffs office said an evacuation order was issued on Friday for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip, north of Paradise, where thousands of homes were destroyed.
Cal Fires Bill Murphy said winds have calmed down in the valley but that there are shifting, erratic winds with speeds of up to 45mph (72 km/h) along ridge tops.
In Northern California, the Camp Fire advanced rapidly to the outskirts of the city of Chico early on Friday, forcing thousands to flee after it left the nearby town of Paradise in ruins, California fire officials said.
The blaze that started on Thursday morning east of Paradise and decimated the town also spread to the west.
It reached the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000 people on Thursday night. Murphy said firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place.
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The city tweeted that the evacuation affects areas between the Ventura county line and Malibu Canyon.
Other huge Hollywood names who own homes along the exclusive shore is Robert Redford, Robert Downey Jr, Courtney Cox, Barbra Streisand, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg and Sally Field.
All Santa Monica Unified School District schools and Pepperdine University are closed. There is also a power outage in the Big Rock neighborhood, which is outside the immediate evacuation area.
Thousand Oaks family devastated after Woolsey Fire destruction: I just walked up and my house is gone
The area under mandatory evacuation includes the exclusive communities of Paradise Cove, Point Dume, Broad Beach and Malibu West.
The 101 freeway is closed as the both the Hill and Woolsey fires have jumped the freeway near Camarillo as well as in Agoura Hills near Malibu. The fast-moving Hill fires started near the community of Thousand Oaks, which was in the midst of grappling with the Wednesday night shooting that killed 12 at the Borderline nightclub.
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The L.A. Times reported that a total of 75,000 homes in both Ventura and Los Angeles counties are currently under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, including Westlake Village and parts of Calabasas, where numerous entertainers including Alyssa Milano and Kim Kardashian have lavish homes.
I just had to evacuate my home from the fires. I took my kids, dogs, computer and my Doc Marten boots.
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In Northern California’s Butte County, a huge brush fire devasted the town of Paradise, where 1,000 structures were lost.
The Los Angeles Fire Department reported at 7:53 a.m. Friday that a brush fire has also broken out in Griffith Park, near the zoo. Zoo officials tweeted are preparing to evacuate some animals and hosing down the hillsides. In recent days, warm, dry winds have swept Southern California, which has seen just one rainstorm in the past several months.
Rainn Wilson tweeted Thursday that he had also evacuated, and asked for prayers — and cash — for the people of Thousand Oaks.
My House has been evacuated due to nearby fires in Thousand Oaks. (The pigs & dogs are fine, thank you) Please send your prayers to the people of Thousand Oaks and the victims of the shooting that are now having to evacuate their homes and neighborhoods. Then send them some cash.