(CNN)In a matter of days, a Northern California fire has become the most destructive in the state’s modern history, killing at least nine people and wiping out much of an entire town.
A quarter of a million people have been forced from their homes statewide as the Camp Fire in the north and two other major fires — Woolsey and Hill — in Southern California burned this weekend.
As firefighters struggle to contain the uncontrolled wildfires, forecasters said intense winds and low humidity could fuel the blazes and make them spread even farther.
Much of the state hasn’t seen rain in more than a month, according to CNN meteorologists, and the dry vegetation has only served to fuel the fires.
Evacuees trapped in traffic abandoned their cars and ran with their children in tow as the Camp Fire quickly closed in Northern California’s Butte County.
• Death toll: The fast-moving Camp Fire killed at least nine people in Northern California. Some were inside cars, and others were near or inside homes. The dead have not been identified.