Multiple fires break out across California

ABC News’ Matt Gutman reports from Porter Ranch, California, where the fast-moving fires are shutting down highways and destroying homes.
3:58 | 10/11/19

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We are going to begin with that growing fire emergency in multiple blazes breaking out across the state, fast-moving fires shutting down major highways and destroying homes. Looking live at the KABC chopper flying over Los Angeles county and Matt Gutman is on the ground bringing us the story. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: Good morning. This is incredible dangerous. Want you to see this fire down below. It's engulfed this entire valley. We've been here for about 25 minutes and seen hundreds of acres consumed in this entire area. That's the San Fernando value. Millions live there. The wins blow 30 miles an hour and watch the embers being whipped around. All around us there are fires in the hillsides being completely engulfed by this wind and the embers that are going up and just minutes ago we saw police officers going door to door telling people to get out and get out now. The scene this morning apocalyptic. Firefighters rolling in, many engulfed this curtains of smoke. Their hoses not enough to douse this inferno. The hellscapes fueled by winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour. Watch how quickly it goes on to a major freeway gridlocking rush hour traffic as thousands were forced to evacuate. This family cutting it close. Can't even see. Let's get the hell out of here. What you don't want to do is get trapped in something like this. Reporter: Narrowly escaping the encroaching flames. Overnight we went into that trailer park where so many homes were still ablaze. Sounds like a machine gun is going off in there. That's ammunition inside the house. Firefighters here are absolutely overwhelmed. They're trying to prevent this fire from spreading farther and save these other homes just across the way. Police later declaring it a crime scene. It may be hard to make out what that was but it was somebody's car. This was their truck. This was a trailer and behind me was an entire neighborhood, all gone. Reporter: Children at a nearby school sheltering in place cowering as the windstorm brought the fire dangerously close. Jack Bradley spiriting his daughters out of there. I take off on foot because I'm not taking no for an answer. I'm getting into the school. Got my daughter, got a couple other kids with her that I know and got them out of there. Reporter: Massive destruction despite unprecedented precautions, utility companies shutting off the power to millions in California ahead of that critical fire weather. But that trailer park fire started when a trash truck caught fire. The trash load was dumped off to the side of the road, ignited the vegetation and then obviously the fire spread from there. Reporter: Because this fire has been moving so quickly and you can see those embers just in a tornado behind me, firefighters and police just haven't been able to assess the damage. Right now they're still going door to door. You can see them right behind us but they haven't been able to assess how many homes destroyed and whether or not any people have been harmed this this but clearly this will go on for some time. This isn't going away any time soon. We you mentioned the wind and which makes it very hard to fight the fires. Cow elaborate on the wind conditions out there? Reporter: You know, I don't have an exact number of how fast they are, but the way the wind is swirling, Michael, down in this canyon and through these ridgetops it's got to be 35, 40 miles an hour and there's nothing that firefighters can do to stop that. These embers are going miles into the air and, again, everywhere in that direction completely consumed by smoke, a curtain of smoke. I'm standing in fire, should probably get out of that. Everywhere in that direction are hopes so bound to see more hopes catch fire and hopefully nobody will get hurt in this and everybody is evacuated. Just, excuse me, like they were asked to. We don't need you to get hurt either. Take care. Don't stand in fire. That is always key. Thank you, Matt Gutman, George.

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