Wildfires rage across California, killing at least five

Clay Curtis
November 10, 2018

The fire is just one of a handful roaring across the state, forcing mass evacuations - including much of the city of Malibu - and panic.

'It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us, ' he added.

Authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people in the scenic area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, including some residents of Chico, population 93,000, near Paradise.

When the sun rose Thursday over Paradise, Calif., the small town of 27,000 awoke to find the world looking largely as it always had.

In Northern California, panicked residents began fleeing Paradise on Thursday as the Camp Fire swept through it. "California's state fire agency reported the fire is "very dynamic" and that '[s] trong winds are moving the fire quickly".

The freeway was closed in both directions near the Liberty Canyon Road exit due to "very active fire conditions", authorities said.

"It's a very risky and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.

"I don't have all of the details because we have investigators out on the field attempting to get to those locations" where the casualties were reported, Honea said at a press conference. The she reconsidered, thinking: "I'm really scared, this is terrifying, I can't breathe, I can't see and maybe I should humble myself and get in this woman's auto". "The town center is completely on the ground".

"Things started exploding", Oviedo said.

'We're getting them on other vehicles with room. After an hour of no movement, she abandoned the truck and chose to try her luck on foot.

What's left of a staircase stands amidst a smoldering home as the Camp fire tears through Paradise, north of Sacramento, California.

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Smoke from the fire drifted in a huge plume and set off smoke alarms as far away as San Francisco, almost 150 miles away. Three more were found outside a residence, and one inside a house.

Thousands of people were evacuated from Paradise, home to 26,000 people, including from schools and hospitals.

"F-ing Paradise is gone", she said.

Some of the patients were initially turned around during their evacuation because of gridlocked traffic and later airlifted to other hospitals, along with some staff, Kinney said.

Chico police officer John Barker and his partner evacuated several seniors from an apartment complex. On Aug. 6, Trump tweeted fires burning at the time were being made "so much worse by the bad environmental laws" he claimed were preventing water from reaching the blaze.

Mrs Herrera, who lives in Paradise with her 88-year-old husband Lou left a frantic voicemail to family saying they needed to get out. "It's that kind of devastation", he said. "We're anxious sick. They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

On Thursday, acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the fire-stricken area in Northern California and requested a presidential disaster declaration, saying that unsafe weather conditions were expected to last several days.

The Camp Fire in the northern part of the state has burned through 20,000 acres, while the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties quadrupled in size overnight.

Early Friday morning, the wildfire jumped the 101 in Ventura County into Agoura Hills, closing a 4-mile stretch of the highway. Less than an hour after CALFIRE published an update that the Camp Fire was up to 32km², the agency's public affairs office announced it was up to at least 68.8km² and the blaze is zero per cent contained.

The Woolsey Fire appeared to be the more risky of the two blazes, and was burning south through the Kanan Road corridor toward Malibu and the ocean. (Reed Saxon/AP) Firefighters push a vehicle from a garage as the Woolsy fire burning a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

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