Tens of Thousands Evacuate as Wildfires Char California Towns

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 10, 2018

He said he evacuated his family and then returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man carrying his bedridden wife to safety.

"It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us". Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames.

The blazes ― dubbed the Woolsey and Hill fires ― ignited Thursday evening and had spread to 35,000 and 6,100 acres, respectively, as of Friday evening, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

A wildfire burns a structure near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., Nov. 9, 2018.

The Ventura County Fire Department said evacuation orders were issued for some 75,000 homes in Ventura County and neighboring Los Angeles County.

Rural areas fared little better.

McLean estimated that the lost buildings numbered in the thousands in Paradise, about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

"It's my sad duty to confirm that we now have a total of nine fatalities", he said, four more fatalities beyond the five reported earlier. The Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday at least five people have died. We're doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas'.

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They lived in an RV park in the California foothill town and were unlikely equipped to evacuate.

Thousands had to flee their homes in California wildfire. "People started getting out of their vehicles and running". Some crashed and others left their vehicles by the roadside. "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours".

A vintage auto rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise.

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

Wind in the valley calmed down, but they were still shifting and erratic along the ridgetops, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, he said. Patients were evacuated from the hospital before a massive wildfire swept through the area, Thursday.

'It's devastating. It's like "welcome to hell,"' resident Cynthia Ball said about the dual disasters while she was outside the teenage centre serving as a shelter for evacuees.

Chico police officer John Barker and his partner evacuated several elderly people from an apartment complex.

A vintage vehicle rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018. "The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out".

"We never heard from them again", Lee said. I've linked to both of them and provided descriptions below. Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom has requested an emergency presidential disaster declaration from Trump to speed the flow of federal aid to victims.

More than 250,000 have been evacuated across the state of California, which is now battling three wildfires, fanned by strong winds.

The "Woolsey Fire" has jumped Highway 101 near the town of Agoura Hills and portions of the main coastal north-south artery have been shut down, triggering mandatory evacuations, including the entire city of Malibu. Three more were found outside a residence, and one inside a house.

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