In Malibu's Paradise Cove, some residents have stayed behind.
The community of mobile homes overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Those who remain are defying mandatory evacuation orders as the Woolsey Fire rages nearby. The fire has already left its mark on several neighborhoods near Paradise Cove, leaving some streets unrecognizable.
Cece Woods, the founder of a local Malibu news outlet, has evacuated. Yet she returns each day to act as the eyes and ears of those who had to leave.
When Woods sees smoke flaring up, she's quick to make it known to authorities. She isn't always happy with their response.
Tom Schafer, a public information officer on the fire, said authorities are doing their best. He said the numbers should speak for themselves. More than 3,200 personnel have been deployed to assist in the efforts.
Authorities are urging residents to comply with evacuation orders as high winds spark fears of spot fires.
Yet some residents who remain say they feel they have to stay.