Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Northern California Wildfire Nearly Quadruples in Size

Vehicles are seen during evacuation from Paradise to Chico in Butte County California U.S in this Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire
Pablo Mccormick | 10 November, 2018, 13:28

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said Friday firefighters are focused on saving lives and are still rescuing people from fires.

The remains of five of the victims in Northern California were discovered in or near burned out cars, three outside residences and one inside a home, Butte County's Honea said.

Further north, another huge wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise, leaving nine people dead and 35 missing.

The Camp Fire's most significant growth happened Thursday afternoon, when it grew 10,000 acres in about 90 minutes, more than one football field per second, according to CNN.

McLean said that by the middle of the day, there was so much smoke in the air, it looked like it was nighttime. Within roughly six hours, the fire had grown to more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometers), said Gaddie.

The massive blaze that hit Paradise spread north Friday, prompting officials to order the evacuation of Stirling City and Inskip, two communities north of Paradise along the Sierra Nevada foothills.

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Another blaze in northern California has destroyed one town and is threatening another, officials say. The Hill Fire caused an evacuation of Cal State University-Channel Islands and about 1,000 homes.

'The blaze is being driven by fairly strong winds, ' Carhart said.

At present two of the three fire fronts are reporting zero containment.

Queues to leave the city have resulted in traffic jams and gridlock, which has led people to leave cars abandoned on roads as they rush to safety.

"Things started exploding", said resident Gina Oviedo. "And if you've been told to go, get out of there". Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said a "significant number" of homes had been destroyed by the flames but that an accurate count could not yet be made.

A shortwave infrared (SWIR) satelite image of the Camp Fire in Magalia, Paradise, California, on Friday.

"Here we are just a few hours later talking now about another crisis right here in Thousand Oaks", Fox said, making the distinction that the shooting victims and their families had experienced a permanent loss.

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"Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property", the Chico Fire Department said in a Tweet.

"The first part of this fuel bed had not seen fire for many years". "We're anxious sick. They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

The fire overnight jumped the 101 Freeway in the western end of Los Angeles County, forcing a shutdown of the major artery after drivers in some cases were forced to make U-turns and drive the opposite direction to avoid flames.

In total, there are now 14 wildfires blazing in California and acting governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency.

The entire town was ordered evacuated, setting off a desperate exodus in which many motorists got struck in gridlocked traffic and abandoned their vehicles to flee foot.

A fast-moving wildfire in Southern California has scorched a historic movie site recently used by the HBO series Westworld and forced numerous celebrities to join the thousands fleeing flames that have claimed homes and prompted the total evacuation of the celebrity enclave Malibu.

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A third wildfire was also expanding in Southern California's Ventura County.

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