California wildfires force hundreds of thousands to evacuate, claim lives

California wildfires force hundreds of thousands to evacuate, claim lives

The Camp Fire has destroyed businesses, homes, restaurants, supermarkets, and a retirement home, USA Today reported. After an hour of no movement, she abandoned the truck and chose to try her luck on foot.

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. Fire surrounded the evacuation route, and drivers panicked.

"It was like Dante's Inferno", said Paradise resident Eric, who was crying because he was unable to rescue his cat.

After flames ripped through the town Thursday, Paradise (population 27,000) has been declared nearly a complete loss.

Rescuers used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out of the way in order to reach a hospital and evacuate patients as the fire engulfed the building, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter said.

Wind gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour (80 to 113 kph) were expected in the mountains of Ventura County and up to 50 miles per hour in the valleys and coastal areas of the county, the NWS said.

Residents of Paradise, California, are talking about narrow escapes from their burning homes as a wildfire rapidly approached. "It's that kind of devastation", he said.

ABC7.com reports that one of the fires has now scorched 8,000 acres as winds picked up early Friday, with some 75,000 homes under evacuation orders along the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Two fast-moving wildfires that exploded in the Southern California hills have claimed nine lives and forced thousands to flee their homes, including the entire city of Malibu, a sprawling naval base and many Hollywood celebrity homes.

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In Ventura County, "Strong Santa Ana winds (are) expected to continue through this morning", the National Weather Service in Los Angeles said on Twitter on Friday. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) The Woolsey Fire is seen looking towards the west valley area on November 9, 2018 in Porter Ranch, California.

"We have five confirmed", the official said on Friday when asked about the number of fatalities related to the wildfires.

"We've spoken to our pastors, and they're all safe, and as far as they know, so are their congregants", says Bret Allen, district superintendent for the Northern California and Nevada district. The message I want to get out is: "If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate". Several evacuation centers were set up in nearby towns.

"Things started exploding", said resident Gina Oviedo.

Many abandoned their cars on the side of the road, fleeing on foot.

"It's a worst-case scenario", Bass said.

Thick gray smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.

The Concow School sent its 60 students home, but many faculty members are anxious about their homes, said Golden Feather Union Elementary School District Superintendent Josh Peete.

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