California wildfire leaves town in ruins, thousands flee

California wildfire leaves town in ruins, thousands flee

California wildfire leaves town in ruins, thousands flee

A wildfire that moved so fast that firefighters couldn't hope to stop it quadrupled in size Friday after destroying several thousand buildings and leveling much of a Northern California town of almost 30,000 people, authorities said.

Butte county has opened a number of shelters to accommodate people who have been uprooted by the blaze.

A fast-moving wildfire advanced to the outskirts of the Northern California city of Chico early on Friday, forcing thousands to flee after it left the nearby town of Paradise in ruins.

In a statement, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said: "The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire".

Strong blustery winds combined with dry conditions have helped the blaze spread, after weeks without rain and low humidity at the height of the wildfire season in north California.

The 20,000 acre (8,100 hectare) Camp Fire, which started on Thursday near Camp Creek, is being driven west by 35 miles per hour (56 kmh) winds, fire officials said.

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The Woolsey Fire is burning in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in California, and has scorched 14,000 acres.

Harrowing tales of escape and heroic rescues emerged from Paradise, where the entire community of 27,000 was ordered to evacuate.

Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea said one of the additional deaths was said to be near those vehicles, another was inside a residence and at least three were said to be outside of residences. "However, the pastors told me that they were driving through fire trying to get out of town before the flames engulfed the city".

Two fires there are rapidly expanding towards the coast causing the city of Malibu to evacuate.

More than 2,200 firefighters were battling the blaze, backed up by helicopters and water tankers.

The Paradise fire is known as the Camp fire in California, and has now raged across 31 miles (20,000 acres) of the state.

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"It was absolutely dark", said resident Mike Molloy, who said he made a decision based on the wind to leave Thursday morning, packing only the minimum and joining a sea of other vehicles. In Southern California, fire burning through wind-whipped palm trees on Thursday resembled a hurricane.

The Woolsey Fire broke out on Thursday and quickly jumped the 101 Freeway in several places.

"Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home".

"We had to drive through flames to make it out safely", she said.

"I feel very vulnerable posting this, but I feel I should", she wrote in the post.

Her husband, the rapper Kanye West, said their family was "safe". He had tweeted about 200 times by Friday morning regarding the Camp Fire and people and pets reported missing or found, including some of their home addresses for use with the Red Cross registry.

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