2 found dead in Malibu driveway as Woolsey Fire rages on

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MALIBU, Calif. -- Two people have died in Malibu as the devastating Woolsey Fire rages in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, officials confirmed Saturday.

The two people were found severely burned and sitting in a car in a long residential driveway, LA County Sheriff's Department Chief John Benedict said at a press conference late Saturday afternoon.

The Woolsey Fire erupted east of Simi Valley on Thursday and moved toward Los Angeles County, carried by powerful winds. It had burned about 83,300 acres, or 130 square miles, by Saturday night, KTLA reported. The blaze was five-percent contained.

More than 170 buildings, including dozens of homes, were destroyed by the flames.

Officials said most evacuations affecting nearly 300,000 people across both counties would remain in place through the evening, though some were lifted. KTLA has created a list of evacuation orders and road closures connected to the fire.

A man watches as the Woolsey Fire reaches the ocean along Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

In Ventura County, officials reported two incidents of looting that occurred on Friday. One of two arrests made involved a vehicle pursuit, Sgt. Eric Buschow said.

Benedict said the sheriff's department is using more than 200 deputies to protect property.

"Those deputies are out there particularly just to provide security for that property," Benedict said. "There is zero tolerance for any looting. If you have any (thoughts) of going up and doing such things, you will be arrested. You will be prosecuted."

Meanwhile, the acreage for the Hill Fire, which erupted in Thousand Oaks just miles away from Wednesday night’s mass shooting, was estimated at 4,531 acres. It was 25-percent contained as of Saturday morning.

The fires in Southern California raged as a firestorm in Northern California became the most destructive in the state's history. The Camp Fire had covered 100,000 acres and was 20-percent contained by Saturday morning. At least nine people have been killed in that blaze.

President Donald Trump has declared an emergency in the state of California and ordered federal assistance to local resources, but also took to Twitter to blame "gross mismanagement" of the state's forest system for the devastating fires.

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