Separate wildfires rip through California, thousands flee

10 November, 2018, 11:04 | Author: Donnie King
  • The massive plume from the Camp Fire burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise Calif. wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico Calif. on Thursday Nov. 8 2018. Authorities in Northern California have ordered mandatory evacuations

Nine people died in what quickly grew into the state's most destructive fire in at least a century.

The blaze has spread rapidly overnight, fanned by strong winds, and has jumped Highway 101, a major route west of Los Angeles.

Paradise, located almost 145 kilometers north of Sacramento, was home to more than 26,000 residents, according to its website.

In Malibu, some 500 miles (800 km) to the south, flames driven by hot Santa Ana winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) raced down hillsides and through canyons toward multi-million dollar homes.

One woman, Kim Curtis, said she was searching for her grandmother, a woman in her 70s who had said she was fleeing with her cat but had failed to turn up at an arranged meeting point and was not contactable. "I pray everyone is safe", she said.

Shari Bernacett said her husband tried to get people to leave the Paradise mobile home park they manage.

The "Woolsey Fire", in Ventura County sparked evacuation orders for parts of the city of Thousand Oaks, where a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday night. However, at this time it can't be determined if the building were destroyed or only partially damaged - though fire officials are saying the city was decimated by the flames.

Meanwhile firefighters operating bulldozers have been authorised to push cars off the road to clear a path and try to beat back the flames.

Butte County Sheriff's Office said an evacuation ordered had been issued for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip.

"Fire is now burning out of control and heading into populated areas of Malibu", town officials said in a statement.




On the outskirts of town, Patrick Knuthson, a fourth-generation resident, said only two of the 22 homes that once stood on his street are still there - his and a neighbor's. According to Esri, it should be updated soon with pins for the Camp Fire and the fires in Los Angeles, both of which just broke out yesterday.

Schuster said they stopped trying to hook up a trailer for the animals and fled their home and property with just their three cats on Thursday when the day turned pitch black as fire roared in.

NASA The Camp fire in Northern California has devastated the town of Paradise, while the Hill and Woolsey fires have prompted mass evacuations in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles.

"I feel very vulnerable posting this, but I feel I should", she wrote in the post. My family is evacuated and safe.

Residents are now using social media to search for missing friends and family members.

The Butte County Camp Fire has burned over 8,000 acres of land and is zero percent contained as of press time, according to information released by the CAL FIRE Butte Unit and the Butte County Fire Department on their shared twitter account.

A blaze is also approaching LA Zoo.

The three blazes are among 16 now active fires in California.

The region has grappled with serious wildfires in recent years, including the worst in the state's history - the Mendocino fire in 2018. The message I want to get out is: "If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate".

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