At least 9 dead as fire incinerates Northern California town

Arturo Kim
November 10, 2018

What has happened in northern California?

One of the worst-affected areas is the northern town of Paradise, California, where 18,000 acres were destroyed by the fire in just seven hours on Thursday, writes Newsweek.

With fires also burning in Southern California, state officials put the total number of people forced from their homes at more than 200,000.

"Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property", the Chico Fire Department said in a tweet.

PG&E's 115-kilovolt Caribou-Palermo line experienced a power outage in Butte County at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, according to the company, while Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) said the blaze began at 6:29 a.m., according to the KQED report.

According to Allen, Thursday morning the Camp Fire was reported at 5,000 acres.

"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed". "And it moved very, very quickly from a rather remote area to populated areas". "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the side of a road west of Paradise.

Bass evacuated his family from Paradise and returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man trying to carry his bedridden wife to safety.

Terrifying videos posted on social media showed cars driving along roads that looked like tunnels of fire with flames on both sides of the road.

One manager of a mobile home park said her husband had struggled to alert as many residents as possible to the fire, hammering on doors and screaming for people to leave. People reported seeing much of the community go up in flames, including homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement center.

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"Things started exploding", resident Gina Oviedo said.

Actor James Woods started the hashtag #CampFireJamesWoods, retweeting missing-person reports to his more than 1.8 million followers.

Some motorists abandoned their cars and ran for their lives with children and pets in their arms.

Authorities used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out the way to reach Feather River Hospital and evacuate patients as flames engulfed its old wing and the roof of the emergency department, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter told reporters.

The fire broke out near Thousand Oaks, an area about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles where an attacker killed 12 people on Wednesday, prompting the evacuation of 75,000 homes.

A firefighter drags a hose as he battles the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.

Nine people were declared dead and 150,000 evacuated as fierce wildfires raged across the western U.S. state of California, with one rapidly spreading blaze threatening the famed resort of Malibu.

"It was the event we have feared for a long time", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a Friday evening press conference.

Also burning farther west in Ventura County was the Hill Fire, which fire officials said burned almost 4,050 hectares by Thursday night.

Overnight, three rapid-moving fires spreading across California have destroyed thousands of structures and forced the evacuation of an estimated 157,000 people.

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