Those vicious conditions on Friday night gave way to calm Saturday, with winds reduced to breezes.
A California man and his girlfriend return to his burned out home in Malibu on Saturday. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said a "significant number" of homes had been destroyed by the flames but that an accurate count could not yet be made.
Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for more than 52,000 people in the scenic area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Kim Kardashian West, who was evacuated from the home she shares with her husband Kanye West in the Hidden Hills area of northwest of Los Angeles, posted a picture with her baby niece and told Instagram users: "We are all safe and that's all that matters".
Residents spoke of flames approaching their vehicles on the gridlocked roads and said electricity poles came crashing down.
A wildfire that tore through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes in southern California has now killed 11 people and more than doubled in size.
A massive wildfire burned out of control across California, including one that spurred the evacuation of 75,000 homes near a city that was already reeling from a mass shooting.
"That is a potential threat, and we're trying to mitigate that", Tidwell said. "We pretty much had enough time to get the dogs in the trunk". "We do not want any more lives lost".
Residents couldn't believe their city, known to few outside California a week ago, could suddenly be gripped by two simultaneous horrors.
"It's devastating. It's like "welcome to hell", resident Cynthia Ball said.
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"I nearly feel like that's why a lot of guys are jumping on this is, because we want to go and just kind of be able show our support, show we're still willing and this is what we do", Garner said.
Fire officials said the winds had temporarily died down Saturday, giving them a brief opportunity to make progress.
"It was way too big a firestorm", said Lani Netter, whose Malibu home was spared while her neighbor's burned.
'We never heard from them again, ' Ms Lee said. "My girlfriend was driving". "I just pray the winds are in our favor".
Feeling the heat from the flames, Rauscher's husband pulled out of the line of cars, cutting into what would have been the oncoming traffic lane.
Finally, he chose to make a run for it, hopping in his vehicle and driving home through flames that lapped at the Pacific Coast Highway.
He said: "These firefighters were in the rescue mode all day yesterday".
The flames are now threatening coastal areas further south, fire officials said. So is dry vegetation, as much of California has seen less than 5% of its normal rainfall over the last month.