Sunday, 18 November, 2018

California wildfires leave Paradise ‘destroyed,’ force evacuees to abandon vehicles and run

Santa Ana Winds in the Forecast Ramping up Extreme Fire Threat in Southern California Thousands evacuated over fast-moving California wildfire
Jay Anderson | 09 November, 2018, 22:58

Paradise, California, a town of 27,000 that is popular with retirees, has been evacuated, as were the nearby communities of Pulga and Concow.

Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

"Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property", the Chico Fire Department said in a Tweet. Residents in affluent Malibu are the latest to be at risk from scalding flames caused by the Woolsey Fire, spreading southwards from Los Angeles.

Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate a fast-moving wildfire that exploded in size Thursday, threatening several Northern California communities and forcing panicked residents to race to help neighbors and drive through walls of flames to escape.

Hospital spokeswoman Jill Kinney said all patients were evacuated. Emergency crews were working to help people evacuate there, he said.

There were 23.4 million Californians lopes not only fan flames but also dry out the land surface, lowering relative humidity levels to 10 percent - creating tinderbox conditions for the spread of fire. The message I want to get out is: "If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", he said.

There are multiple injuries because of the Camp Fire, Cal Fire spokesman John Gaddie said.

"The whole hill's on fire", she said while crying.




The dead were found in the same part of Paradise, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.

Video footage taken by ABC Redding affiliate KRCR showed the hospital surrounded by thick smoke as the fire illuminated the darkened sky in the background. Some buildings caught fire and were damaged but the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokeswoman Jill Kinney said.

He estimated that several thousand structures were burned in the city, located about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Four hospital employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.

"The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out".

Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from Thursday morning. They all had harrowing tales of a slow-motion escape from a fire so close they could feel the heat inside their vehicles as they sat stuck in a terrifying traffic jam. By Thursday afternoon, the fire was growing at the rate of about one football field every three seconds, assisted by dry conditions and wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour.

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the USA 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

A Red Flag Warning is in place through Friday morning in the Butte County area, and winds are expected to gust at speeds as high as 40 miles per hour overnight, according to the National Weathers Service.

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