Saturday, 17 November, 2018

At least 1,000 structures destroyed by fast-moving fire in Northern California

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Andrew Cummings | 09 November, 2018, 22:56

"The mass population is trying to be evacuated at once, a fast-moving fire, trying to get everybody evacuated on the roads, a lot of congestion, traffic accidents". By nightfall, it had consumed more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers) and firefighters had no containment on the blaze, McLean said. Fire officials said some structures have been destroyed in addition to injuries. Murphy says firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place.

Separate wildfires were ripping through northern and southern California Friday, forcing tens of thousands from their homes and prompting officials to declare a state of emergency. Hospital patients were transferred to Oroville Hospital and Enloe Medical Center. He said that people spoke there about neighbors in Concow who had been unable to escape their homes.

In Southern California, about two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early today as a ferocious wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home to about 13,000 residents, some of them Hollywood celebrities. "We tried to get all the nondigital things that we could - you know, stuff that couldn't be replaced", Peete said.

At least one nursing home and the Feather River Hospital were evacuated and several homes were on fire, according to the Sacramento Bee, and the region is covered with thick, dark smoke.

The 20,000 acre (8,100 hectare) Camp Fire, which started on Thursday near Camp Creek, is being driven west by 35 miles per hour (56 kmh) winds, fire officials said.

"When this fire started this morning wind speeds were 35 to 40 miles per hour gusts", Cal Fire spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff said.

Dramatic footage captured the moment a "firenado" filled the sky near a California town.

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Everyone in Paradise, a community of 27,000 people about 290 kilometres northeast of San Francisco, was ordered to get out.

"It's very chaotic", said Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol.

Nurse Cassie Lerossignol hugs as coworker as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018.

"The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out". He said the fast-moving flames forced fire crews to shelter people at a Walgreens and other locations until flames passed through.

Richardson estimates another 60,000 people will likely have to evacuate because the fire jumped US 101 early Friday and is pushing toward the coast.

Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the area and requested a federal emergency declaration, saying that high winds and dry brush presented ongoing danger.

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.

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