Northern California wildfire leaves town in ruins, thousands flee

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

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

Butte County Sheriff officials in Northern California claim that five people were found dead in their vehicles in the town of Paradise.

One fire that broke out near the northeast corner of Los Angeles has roared westward, jumped USA 101 in the Calabasas area and is surging up the Santa Monica Mountains.

Meteorologists marvelled at the "gut-wrenching" rate of spread Thursday's fires exhibited. The fire now covers an area of about 35,000 acres (14,150 hectares).

The town of Paradise, California, which has about 27,000 people, was asked to evacuate the area. "Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home".

Actress Alyssa Milano, one of Kardashian's neighbours in Calabasas, wrote on Twitter that she was also evacuated.

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NASA The photo taken by NASA on Thursday shows the Camp fire burning through Paradise, California.

"It was the event we have feared for a long time", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a Friday evening press conference.

May said the low humidity and the dryness of trees and brush are among the reasons for the Camp Fire and also pose a potential danger in Berkeley.

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Officials were sending as many firefighters as they could, Cal Fire spokesperson Rick Carhart said.

Thousands of people were evacuated from Paradise, home to 26,000 people, including from schools and hospitals.

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. Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

A second fire has been burning in the Santa Rosa Valley east of Camarillo, west of Simi Valley near Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.

A spokesman for the hospital operator, Dignity Health, reportedly told Action News Now that Feather River was later destroyed.

All still wearing pajamas, the Barnett family had left their home in Thousand Oaks at 3:30 a.m. and grabbed breakfast at Denny's.

A nurse called Rita Miller on Thursday morning, telling her she had to get her disabled mother, who lives a few blocks away, and flee Paradise immediately. "You could feel it". "People started getting out of their vehicles and running".

The blaze is one of 16 now active in California.

"Our scientists and toxicologists have reviewed information about the fire's location and do not believe the fire has caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exposed to the smoke", the statement read.

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