Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

At least 1,000 structures destroyed by fast-moving fire in Northern California

City Of Malibu Under Mandatory Evacuation Order As SoCal Fires Grow Overnight Hwy. 101 now closed north of Los Angeles due to second wildfire burning toward Malibu
Patty Aguilar | 10 November, 2018, 17:06

The sheriff says they have taken 35 reports of missing people. Zoo officials announced it would be closed to the public Friday as a result.

"Most of them were immobile with walkers, or spouses that were bed-ridden, so we were trying to get additional units to come and try and help us, just taking as many as we could", he said, describing the community as having "a lot of elderly, a lot of immobile people, some low-income with no vehicles".

The remains of five of the victims in Northern California were discovered in or near burned out cars, three outside residences and one inside a home, Butte County's Honea said. No further details were given surrounding the circumstances of those deaths.

Richardson estimates another 60,000 people will likely have to evacuate because the fire jumped USA 101 early Friday and is pushing toward the coast. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said. As many as 1,385 people are in shelters.

While the cause of the fire wasn't known, Pacific Gas & Electric Company told state regulators it experienced an outage on an electrical transmission line near Paradise about 15 minutes before the blaze broke out.

'Things started exploding, ' said resident Gina Oviedo.

No fatalities have been reported in two southern California wildfires. He characterized the act as "despicable" and threatened to prosecute anyone caught looting to the full extent of the law.

Paradise, which has a population of 26,000, has also been struck badly, with the blaze having grown to almost 140sq miles and destroyed around 6,500 structures.

Firefighters said that "pretty much all of the community", which is 180 miles north-east of San Francisco, had been destroyed.

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Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D), California's governor-elect, issued emergency proclamations and requested federal assistance, both for the Southern California blazes as well as the Camp fire burning in Northern California's Butte County. As of Thursday evening, it remained zero per cent contained.

Will Smith has given a glimpse at the huge fire that is blazing in the hills near his $42 million property in Malibu. "I mean, my God". Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times A home destroyed by the Woolsey fire on Liverpool Ct., near Colchester Dr.in Oak Park.

She added another message giving her thanks to firefighters, writing 'Fire Fighters, I love you and thank you for doing all that you can to keep us safe!'

Even firefighters lost their homes. "Our weather conditions out there, and our fuel conditions are absolutely right for fire ... when we ask you to leave, please leave early". "That's that's what we do".

The Woolsey fire began in Thousand Oaks in Ventura County and moved west toward the Pacific coast and is now burning in Malibu. At least one cluster of about 70 people were airlifted from a Walgreens.

The Camp Fire ignited Thursday and evolved into the most fierce of the wind-driven fires in what has been one of the worst years for wildfires in California.

Other were found in or near homes. Actor James Woods used the hashtag #CampFireWoods on Twitter to help connect families.

Celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Mark Hammil and Lady Gaga posted in social media posts they had been forced to flee their homes. Her grandmother, who is in her 70s and lives alone, never showed up up at a meeting spot in Chico, though. "And just praying for a miracle, honestly", said Curtis, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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