Hundreds of homes destroyed by California wildfire, deaths reported
09 November, 2018, 17:03 | Author: Myra Gill
The fast moving 150ft flames sparked a mass evacuation of the towns 26,000 population. As of approximately 2:30 p.m., Cal Fire's Butte unit reported zero percent of the fire had been contained. They predict, Gusty winds out of the east-northeast will develop across ridgetops in northwest California Wednesday night through Thursday evening.
Much of the downtown was destroyed. "The whole town's on fire", City Councilman Scott Lotter told the Sacramento Bee. The fire has already consumed more than 8,000 acres. Officials have put most of Northern California is under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.
'My husband tried his best to get everybody out.
There are reports of fatalities but Police say those reports have not yet been verified. "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the road between Paradise and Chico.
He and two pitbulls ended up making it to safety.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea called it a "very risky and serious situation", AP reports, and noted that some residents have been forced to abandon their vehicles to escape the conflagration.
With limited escape routes from the town, traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock, with residents abandoning vehicles and running from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said. One of them was on fire, and some cars were driving through it, but she didn't want to chance it with the children in the auto, he said.
"By the time we got out, the flames were a half mile away from the school".
"I'm on the phone crying, talking to my husband, just hoping I can get out of there", she said. The Camp Fire, burning in Butte County, has forced more than 20,000 Californians to evacuate and burned "multiple" structures, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
"It's got all the right conditions to have grown very large, very quickly", said Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart.
BFD spokesperson Keith May said BFD is sending one engine to assist the City of Oakland as its fire department responds to a fire on Highway 13, just south of Joaquin Miller Road. It's very surreal. Things always work out, but the unknown is a little scary.
Tanah Clunies-Ross woke up in the dark to what sounded like lumps of coal raining down her Northern California home. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
The California Highway Patrol closed a nearby highway and urged motorists to avoid the area.
The towns of Pulga and Concow and most of Paradise were evacuated.
Thirty-thousand people have been evacuated so far and the number of evacuees is expected to rise as embers push ahead of the fire.
California is experiencing one of its worst fire years ever, with 621,743 acres (251,610 hectares) burned through Sunday in areas covered by Cal Fire, almost twice the amount during the same period of 2017 and almost triple the five-year average.
Previous year the Tubbs Fire in nearby Napa and Sonoma counties killed 22 people. My hometown of Paradise is on fire.
Plumes of smoke loom in the sky several miles away, seen behind a home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., as a wind-driven wildfire known as the Hill fire threatens the area late Thursday afternoon, November 4, 2018.
The school district asked staff from Topsail elementary, middle and high schools to meet at the grocery store. Live footage shows numerous law enforcement agencies now at the school where the scene remains active.
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One Paradise resident who fled the encroaching blaze told the Bee: "It was so hot". "Once it got going it picked up very rapidly". Scott McLean, a spokesman for Cal Fire, said the fire in Northern California's Butte County has "destroyed the town".
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