Friday, 16 November, 2018

5 found dead as Northern California wildfire quadruples in size

The Camp Fire scorched 5,000 acres in about three hours officials say The Camp Fire scorched 5,000 acres in about three hours officials say
Glenn Montgomery | 09 November, 2018, 22:56

The two fires, the Woolsey and the Hill fires, had caused the evacuated of 105,000 in Southern California, Cal OES said.

Many people who fled a Northern California town to escape a wildfire say they don't know whether their homes survived.

The fire in Paradise burned fast, reports CBS News' David Begnaud.

"I was frantic", she said.

He said approximately 40,000 residents in Butte County have been evacuated due to the Camp Fire.

An used vehicle dealership is seen engulfed in flames during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.

The Ventura County Fire Department said Friday morning a "significant" number of structures have been damaged or destroyed by the Woolsey blaze, which has grown to 8,000 acres with 0 percent containment. Officials have ordered the town of about 27,000 people 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco to evacuate.

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 risky weather conditions were expected to last several days. One of the school officials said that the fire was only half a mile away from the school by the time they got out, Fox 13 reported.

In less than 24 hours, the Camp Fire torched Paradise homes, - businesses, supermarkets, restaurants and a retirement home - was left "pretty much.destroyed", California Fire Capt. Scott McLean said.

At least one nursing home and hospital were evacuated and several homes were on fire, according to the Sacramento Bee, and the region is covered with thick, dark smoke.

Late Thursday, more than 2,200 firefighters were battling the flames and the fire remains uncontained, according to Cal Fire.

Rescuers used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out the way to reach Feather River Hospital and evacuate patients as flames engulfed the building, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter told reporters.

Fire officials issued evacuation notices for homes on the east side of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people situated about 90 miles (145 km) north of Sacramento. They all had harrowing tales of a slow-motion escape from a fire so close they could feel the heat inside their vehicles as they sat stuck in a terrifying traffic jam.

"There was a big, giant wall of fire on the side of the auto", Kambourian said of his wife's evacuation.

The five victims have not been identified, but were found near Edgewood Lane in the small city of Paradise, which has been devastated since the fire ignited on Thursday morning.

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. So far, it has burned about 10,000 acres, destroyed multiple structures, and forced the closure of a major highway.

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