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Camp Fire now most destructive wildfire in California history; 9 dead

Evacuations ordered in Northern California as fast-moving wildfire spreads A massive plume of smoke from the Camp Fire wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico
Pablo Mccormick | 10 November, 2018, 09:47

Another blaze in northern California has destroyed one town and is threatening another, officials say.

Thousands of buildings were destroyed in Paradise, California, 145 kilometres north of Sacramento, and officials feared the death toll could rise once crews put out the flames and inspect destroyed properties.

County officials have pinpointed the origin of the blaze just south of the city of Simi Valley.

Paradise: Cassie Lerossignol hugs as coworker as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

The two Paradise churches, First Assembly of God, pastored by Billy "Jack" Wright, and Skyway AG, pastored by Mike Thompson, are both believed to have experienced fire damage.

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"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed".

Allana Hall said this marks the second time she has fled a California fire.

"Due to the fluid and rapidly changing conditions, residents are urged to stay updated through official sources for changes to evacuations and road closures". The Hill Fire caused an evacuation of Cal State University-Channel Islands and about 1,000 homes. Paradise is popular with retirees, and has a population of about 27,000.

A former U.S. Marine combat veteran opened fire in a bar packed with college students in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday night, killing 12 people and stunning a community with a reputation for safety.

"Things started exploding", Oviedo said.

Authorities were working on a plan to remove patients from a hospital after rescuers had to turn back because of gridlocked traffic.

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"If you are ready to go, go", Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Chief John Benedict told those in evacuations areas.

Maclean said an as yet unspecified number of civilians and firefighters had been injured, and that it could be days before authorities would know whether anyone had died.

Meanwhile, portions of Southern California remained under siege early Friday as two large fires threatened numerous Ventura County communities.

The National Weather Service issued extreme fire danger warnings in many areas of the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue through the evening. Firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, Cal Fire Cpt.

NASA Massive plumes of smoke billow Friday over the state. The Hill Fire in Ventura County torched 10,000 acres in six hours Thursday. He has late-stage cancer and she is mostly confined to her bed, she said.

At least 75 percent of Thousand Oaks residents were also evacuated.

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"We're just hoping that our brand new home that we were hoping to move into tomorrow is not burned to the ground", Winstead said.

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