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

Pauline Gross
November 10, 2018

Some 95,000 residents have been evacuated in Ventura County alone, the county's fire department said on Twitter on Friday night.

"It is critical that residents pay close attention to evacuation orders", the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted. Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames.

McLean estimated that several thousand buildings were lost in Paradise, about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

A firefighter drags a hose as he battles the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.

On Saturday, in Los Angeles County, the 14,164 hectares Woolsey Fire was threatening 75,000 homes and more than 200,000 people were under mandatory evacuation early on Saturday.

An electric safety incident was reported by PG&E at about 6:15 a.m. Thursday near Pulga Road in Butte County, near where the Camp Fire started.

These are firestorms - towering, fast-moving walls of flames hundreds of feet high - the kind of fires that are not only uncontrolled by firefighters, but uncontrollable.

Mark Ghilarducci provided the figure at a news briefing on Friday.

'It's a very unsafe and very serious situation, ' Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told The Associated Press.

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"I hope people got out". "The town center is completely on the ground". After an hour of no movement, she abandoned the truck and chose to try her luck on foot.

An AFP photographer on the scene saw houses enveloped in flames, while others had already been reduced to ashes and cars burned to husks. "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours". She captured photos of low-hanging black smoke stretching for miles as she and her boyfriend evacuated Paradise.

Among the towns under evacuation orders is Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people in a rampage on Wednesday. He has late-stage cancer and she is mostly confined to her bed, she said.

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

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

The three blazes are among 16 now active fires in California.

The Butte County Sheriff's office said the victims had been burned to death in their cars and could not immediately be identified. "God help us!" she said before breaking down crying. "They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

On Thursday, 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 unsafe weather conditions were expected to last several days.

Drivers heading south to Los Angeles will encounter closures on both sides of Highway 101 from Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura Hills to Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, according to Caltrans District 7. By Thursday evening, it had scorched up to 7,000 acres and sent residents of more than 1,200 homes fleeing. Officials have put most of Northern California under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.

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