Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Entire Town of Paradise, California ‘Pretty Much Destroyed’ in Camp Fire

Satellite Image taken at 3:12 p.m. The blue lake in the center with the white line through it is Lake Tahoe with California's border overlayed in white Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire
Patty Aguilar | 10 November, 2018, 09:49

All of the above fires are developing so rapidly that there's very little reliable details about them online.

At least five people have died in burnt out cars as wildfires sweep across California.

Butte County Sheriff received reports of multiple fatalities, but officials are trying to confirm those reports, authorities told ABC News.

Residents raced to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire as thick smoke darkened the daytime sky on Thursday, wiping out what a Cal Fire official said was a couple of thousand structures.

Flames have moved so quickly there's not a lot firefighters can do.

On Thursday, acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the fire-stricken area in Northern California and requested a presidential disaster declaration, saying that unsafe weather conditions were expected to last several days. The fire was was also burning in parts of Los Angeles County. "When we have conditions like this, when it's such incredible wind, that brings us into a different caliber". Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom has requested an emergency presidential disaster declaration from Trump to speed the flow of federal aid to victims.

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"This is a very unsafe wind driven fire". After flames ripped through the town Thursday, Paradise (population 27,000) has been declared nearly a complete loss. As of Friday evening, the wind-fueled fire was only 5 percent contained after burning up to 70,000 acres anddestroying 6,453 homes.

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Allana Hall captures this photo as she evacuates her home in Paradise, California. Video from the exodus is nightmare-inducing, and is hard to watch. "It's all hands on deck to rescue people and get people out of harm's way". Some crashed and others left their vehicles by the roadside. "The whole town is gone", Gianna Wallace, a survivor, told Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Sabalow.

The fire, as officials expected, continued to spread to nearby towns, including the city of Chico.

NASA Massive plumes of smoke billow Friday over the state.

U.S. media reports that schools have also been closed and evacuated due to the fire, and animals have been moved out of the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.

In video footage posted on line the tower of fire can be seen appearing from behind burnt trees near a long empty road covered in falling ash.

The utility has been under fire since being blamed for some of the Wine Country wildfires of October 2017 that destroyed hundreds of homes, forced the evacuation of 90,000 North Bay residents and left more than 40 people dead.

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the United States 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

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