Wildfire devastates California town

Massive wind-fueled fire threatens NorCal town of Paradise

A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Colton Percifield captured the video while driving on Windermere Lane on November 8. As of approximately 2:30 p.m., Cal Fire's Butte unit reported zero percent of the fire had been contained. By last night it had scorched up to 7,000 acres.

The National Weather Service had predicted unsafe fire weather conditions in California because of Santa Ana winds, which roar in from the east and accelerate down California's north-to-south-oriented mountain slopes.

A vintage auto rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise. "We're doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas". It's already burned dozens of homes and threatens 30,000 more.

Gaddie, the fire official, said authorities were "working on a plan" to rescue the patients.

Fanned by strong winds, the fire broke out around dawn and spread quickly, leaving the town of Paradise, population 26,000, choking on floating ash and thick smoke.

The Chico Fire Department said: "Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property".

Officials issued a "red flag" warning for the area because winds had reached between 20 and 40 miles-per-hour.


The Woolsey Fire, which began overnight, covered more than 3,000 hectares Friday morning and was threatening 75,000 homes, the Ventura County Fire Department said on Twitter, adding there had been no reports of fatalities or severe injuries. The message I want to get out is: "If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate".

Neighbourhoods, schools and hospitals have been evacuated while some residents in the town of Paradise were trapped by the flames, officials say.

Massive wildfires are tearing through parts of California, destroying hundreds buildings and forcing thousands of people from their homes. "God help us!", Shary Bernacett said.

A raging wildfire in Northern California has forced the 27,000 residents of the city of Paradise to flee.

Pacific Gas & Electric, the state's largest utility, announced Tuesday it might preemptively cut power to eight California counties starting Thursday morning to prevent a possible wildfire, including Butte County where the Camp Fire is located.

The page goes on to state, "During heightened fire danger, CAL FIRE will place additional firefighters on duty, staff more fire engines and keep more equipment on 24 hours a day to be able to respond to any new fires".

California is experiencing one of its worst fire years ever, with 621,743 acres 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.

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