Nine dead as California fires continue to rage

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

After flames ripped through the town Thursday, Paradise (population 27,000) has been declared nearly a complete loss. Firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place Friday, Cal Fire Cpt.

Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate, but there were no injuries to residents or firefighters, said Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Dave Richardson. More than 50,000 homes and business have lost power, and the shares of the state's two biggest utilities, PG&E Corp. and Edison International, have plummeted.

A wildfire (known as the "Camp Fire") in California is threatening to destroy thousands of homes and large amounts of property, prompting mass evacuations. All totaled, 40,000 people have been evacuated from the path of the wildfire so far.

A firefighter drags a hose as he battles the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.

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.

The fire in Paradise burned fast, reports CBS News' David Begnaud. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 69 square kilometres, Gaddie said. "We're working very hard to get people out". "And if you've been told to go, get out of there". "The town center is completely on the ground". "People started getting out of their vehicles and running".

Many abandoned their cars on the side of the road, fleeing on foot. "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours".

A shortwave infrared (SWIR) satelite image of the Camp Fire in Magalia, Paradise, California, on Friday.

A hospital and several schools were evacuated as thick grey smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.

At the hospital in Paradise, more than 60 patients were evacuated to other facilities.




"It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us", Bass said. She says her mother can't walk by herself and is on oxygen.

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

Back in Butte County, concerned friends and family posted frantic messages on Twitter and other sites saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone.

Homeowners fleeing the wind-driven blaze jammed roadways as the fire crept closer to a community that is home to such movie and TV stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Ellen DeGeneres and Angelina Jolie.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire".

'We never heard from them again, ' Ms Lee said. I've linked to both of them and provided descriptions below.

California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to provide assistance to the fire-hit areas.

In Southern California, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire raging through the Santa Monica Mountains was headed to the ocean. Almost 2,300 firefighters are battling the flames, but as of Friday morning, it was still zero percent contained.

"The perimeter is now the Pacific Ocean", Richardson said. Television reports showed several homes on fire in the Oak Park community. The 101 Freeway is closed in both directions from Las Virgenes Road to Reyes Adobe Road.

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