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A northern California wildfire destroyed an entire town and quadrupled in size overnight

Three wildfires continued to grow in California overnight, torching major roads and entire towns as wind sweeps them through both ends of the state.

In southern California, the Woolsey Fire has all of Malibu under mandatory evacuation, while the Hill Fire has mostly stuck to uninhabited areas, reports USA Today. And in the north, the Camp Fire quadrupled in size overnight and wiped out the entire town of Paradise, The Associated Press reports.

The Woolsey Fire is the smallest of the three, spanning Los Angeles and Ventura counties and quadrupling from 2,000 to 8,000 acres overnight, per CNN. It's led to evacuations in the eastern part of Thousand Oaks — the city that saw a mass shooting at a bar Wednesday night. As of Friday morning, the fire had crossed a major highway and will likely reach the Pacific Ocean, the Los Angeles County Fire Department warned. The Hill Fire has burned through 10,000 acres, but hasn't damaged any buildings, USA Today says.

The Camp Fire, meanwhile, grew to about 110 square miles overnight just north of Sacramento, a fire official tells AP. It totally demolished the 27,000-person town of Paradise and was stopped at the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000, on Thursday night. The fire is just five percent contained, leaving 15,000 homes and 2,000 commercial buildings in "imminent danger of burning," a fire official said. Get more details on the northern California fire at The Associated Press.