Thousands flee raging wildfires in California

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 10, 2018

Speaking at a news conference with cooperating agencies, officials addressed the public from Silver County Fairgrounds Friday evening.

In the first official report of fatalities, the Butte County Sheriff tweeted on Friday that investigators had found five dead bodies. "We tried to get all the nondigital things that we could - you know, stuff that couldn't be replaced", Peete said.

"It's a very unsafe and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told the paper. No further details were given surrounding the circumstances of those deaths.

City Hall survived. But the Moose Lodge and Chamber of Commerce buildings didn't.

The sheriff's office said the victims were found near the town of Paradise, which was destroyed by a blaze that forced thousands of residents to flee as it rapidly approached the outskirts of the city of Chico early Friday.

"They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours", Bass said. He characterized the act as "despicable" and threatened to prosecute anyone caught looting to the full extent of the law.

With fires also burning in Southern California, state officials put the total number of people forced from their homes at more than 200,000. Firefighters were able to stop the flames at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place Friday, said Cal Fire Cpt.

The Camp Fire has destroyed businesses, homes, restaurants, supermarkets, and a retirement home, USA Today reported. "A lot of people have to rebuild".

Fire officials said strong Santa Ana winds continued to fuel the Woolsey Fire overnight, doubling its size to almost 3,248 hectares.

In a heartbreaking video, Paradise resident Jackie Blome posted an emotional tour on Facebook of her town. "The fire took everything".

"My daughter's going out for the gold nugget queen this year", said Harvey, then she paused. I'm assuming I lost my home.

Adding to the complexity of the disaster is tonight the district's youth convention is being held at Trinity Life Center in Sacramento - a destination city for numerous thousands evacuating fire-threatened communities.

Schuster said they stopped trying to hook up a trailer for the animals and fled their home and property with just their three cats on Thursday when the day turned pitch black as fire roared in. "That's that's what we do".

The fast-moving Camp Fire has been fanned by strong winds to scorch 70,000 acres (28,300 hectares) and has not been contained, the California Fire Department (Cal Fire) said.

The Hill and Woolsey fires in Ventura County have raged since Thursday afternoon, burning tens of thousands of acres combined; the latter blaze jumped Highway 101 and posed an "imminent threat" to Malibu, leading to mandatory evacuation of the entire beachfront city, Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Twitter.

Areas of northern and southern California continue to be evacuated as the fiery whirlwind of the the Camp Fire struck today. En route to her sister's house in Chico, she told CNN she didn't have high hopes that her home survived.

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