Tens of Thousands Evacuate as Wildfires Char California Towns
Tens of Thousands Evacuate as Wildfires Char California Towns
Massive California fires destroy town, Malibu ordered to evacuate
13 November, 2018, 05:57
Speaking on Thursday, fire captain Scott McLean said: "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation". Firefighters are anticipating a tough battle through much of the day as dry conditions are predicted to continue. A list compiled by a local news affiliate reports a growing number of missing people after almost the entire town of Paradise, population roughly 30,000, has been destroyed.
Just after 5 a.m. Friday, the blaze jumped the south side of the 101 Freeway at Chesebro Road near Calabasas.
McLean estimated that the lost buildings numbered in the thousands in Paradise, about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco. PHOTOS: Camp Fire burns through Butte CountyHarrowing tales of escape and heroic rescues emerged from Paradise, where the entire community of 27,000 was ordered to evacuate.
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In Southern California, about two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home to about 13,000 residents, some of them Hollywood celebrities.
A police officer mans a checkpoint in front of an advancing wildfire Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, near Newbury Park, Calif.
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Besides the Camp fire, the other two Southern California fires, Woolsey and Hill fires, are just miles from a bar where 12 people were killed by a former Marine in a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire raging through the Santa Monica Mountains was headed to the ocean.
The fire then pushed southward, jumped the wide U.S. 101 freeway before dawn Friday and pushed into the Santa Monica range. There have been no fatalities or severe injuries despite several reports of people being trapped by the fire. Today, it mushroomed to 70,000 acres and apparently is still growing as fire officials report 0 percent containment. Firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place Friday, Cal Fire Cpt.
Authorities fear the fire, fueled by strong winds, could reach Chico - a city of 90,000 people where many Butte County families already have evacuated to shelters. "Maybe I should humble myself and get in this woman's vehicle". Several evacuation centers were set up in nearby towns.
One Paradise resident who fled the encroaching blaze told the Bee: "It was so hot". "Things started exploding", said resident Gina Oviedo. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said. "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours".
"Not one home will be left standing", he said. Twitter has also been playing host to users who are looking for loved ones missing in the fire.
Where are people being evacuated?
Officials said the mandatory evacuations clogged the roads in Oak Park, making it hard to escape.
He said: "The town is devastated, everything is destroyed".
"We never heard from them again", Lee said. "And multiple times, as we followed the flow of cars, we thought the fire was going to kill us".
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