In a shockingly huge fire more than 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.
Firefighters were powerless in stopping a wildfire destroying the northern town of Paradise, where 35 people are missing.
A raging wildfire swept into the southern beach resort of Malibu – home to many Hollywood stars – on Friday.
According to BBC reports the blaze started on Thursday near Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64 km) north-west of central Los Angeles. Another blaze, the Hill Fire, started at about the same time, also near Thousand Oaks.
On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 101 and headed into coastal areas. The fire now covers an area of about 35,000 acres (14,150 hectares).
“Fire is now burning out of control and heading into populated areas of Malibu,” town officials said in a statement.”All residents must evacuate immediately.”
Malibu and nearby Calabasas are home to many celebrities and some have been posting on social media.
On Twitter, reality TV star Kim Kardashian said the home she shared with rapper Kanye West had been hit by flames .
“Trying to get my mind off this fire… We are all safe and that’s all that matters.”
The singer Cher, who is performing in Las Vegas, tweeted that she was worried about her Malibu home.
The singer Lady Gaga also said she had evacuated her home in Malibu, posting a video on Instagram that showed dark smoke billowing overhead.
Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeted that he had evacuated, leaving behind his “Bleak House” museum collection of fantasy and horror memorabilia.
The fire has also reportedly destroyed one of the sets for the TV series Westworld.
Authorities say the Camp Fire in the north and the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire in the south are being fanned by strong winds and dry forests.
“The magnitude of the destruction of the fire is unbelievable and heartbreaking,” said Mark Ghilarducci, of the California governor’s office.
President Trump has responded by blaming what he called gross mismanagement of the forests and warned of funding cuts.
Meteorologists have warned that dangerous conditions may continue well into next week.