5 people found dead in vehicles torched by fire

Pauline Gross
November 10, 2018

An estimated 75,000 homes were also evacuated along the borders of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, according to AP.

The 20,000-acre (8,100-hectare) fire north of Sacramento started in the Plumas National Forest on Thursday and quickly engulfed the town of Paradise.

Almost 30,000 people were forced to evacuate on Thursday when a wildfire roared through this California town, located about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Spokesman for CAL Fire Scott Maclean opened up on the devastation of Paradise City.

The Chico Fire Department said: 'Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property'.

Lynsey Paulo, PG&E spokeswoman, said Friday that the information about the power line was preliminary and stressed that the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

The fire forced the evacuation of patients from Paradise's main hospital to hospitals in Oroville and Chico.

"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed".

California fire captain Scott McLean said earlier that "pretty much the entire community of Paradise is destroyed", adding that the fire had grown to nearly 110 square miles - four times its original size.

At least five deaths have been reported and as many as 2,000 structures lost in the Paradise area.

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The freeway was closed in both directions near the Liberty Canyon Road exit due to "very active fire conditions", authorities said.

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. One woman stuck in traffic went into labor, the Enterprise-Record newspaper reported.

"It's very chaotic", said Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol.

Thousands were evacuated, including from schools and hospitals.

Satellite footage shows how rapidly the fire grew in California.

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

There was alarm among some residents who anxious smoke created near the hazardous site could prove particularly unsafe, but authorities from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control who oversee the site say there is no evidence that smoke from the area around the SSFL is any more risky than other wildfire smoke.

The winds calmed down in the valley, but they were still shifting and erratic, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) along ridge tops, he said.

In Southern California, brush fires are nearing a community in mourning over a deadly mass shooting late Wednesday at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

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