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Thousands flee California town devastated by wildfire

10 November 2018

Evacuations in Butte County spread Friday to the towns of Stirling City and Inskip as well as the eastern edge of Chico, though Cal Fire officials say no structures there are damaged and the city is under no immediate threat.

Devastated by the Camp Fire, which had burned more than 70,000 acres as of Friday with 5 percent containment reported by Cal Fire, the town of Paradise in Northern California has by many accounts been mostly destroyed.

Images of the Hill Fire burning in Ventura County.

A Cal Fire helicopter picks up water from a reservoir while battling the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.

One of the worst-affected areas is the northern town of Paradise, California, where 18,000 acres were destroyed by the fire in just seven hours on Thursday, writes Newsweek.

In Southern California, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire raging through the Santa Monica Mountains was headed to the ocean.

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. You may not get another chance to escape later.

Residents described fleeing their homes and then getting stuck on gridlocked roads as flames approached, sparking explosions and toppling utility poles. At least two firefighters have been injured and multiple civilians injured, but number aren't available yet, Butte County Fire Battalion Chief Bill Reid said Thursday.

California is now being devastated by three separate wildfire blazing through the state, due to high winds and low humidity.

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The Butte County Sheriff's Office has confirmed at least five people were killed Thursday in the wildfire that nearly completely destroyed the town of Paradise.

"Things started exploding", Oviedo said.

Flames consumed a Kentucky Fried Chicken as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., Thursday. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said.

Chico police officer John Barker and his partner evacuated several elderly people from an apartment complex. "The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out".

Concerned friends and family posted anxious messages on Twitter and other sites, saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone.

A nurse called Rita Miller on Thursday morning, telling her she had to get her disabled mother, who lives a few blocks away, and flee Paradise immediately.

The paper looked like it was from a book, she said.

This photo taken from video provided by CBS2/KCAL9 shows a wildfire burning in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday afternoon, November 8, 2018.

Morgan Mason said her father told her that he could hear propane tanks blowing up all over Paradise this morning. It's already burned dozens of homes and threatens 30,000 more. "We're anxious sick. They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

Thousands flee California town devastated by wildfire