Monday, 10 December, 2018

Bodies found in burnt cars as Calif. fire incinerates town

Evacuations ordered in Northern California as fast-moving wildfire spreads A massive plume of smoke from the Camp Fire wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico
Jeannette Daniel | 10 November, 2018, 09:48

The Ventura County Fire Department said the blaze had burned around 35,000 acres and evacuation orders were issued for some 88,000 homes in Ventura County and neighbouring Los Angeles County. After flames ripped through the town Thursday, Paradise (population 27,000) has been declared nearly a complete loss.

Rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West are among those who have taken to social media to confirm that they are safe.

Those who live there have been warned of an "imminent threat" to their safety, with thousands of people being urged to flee however they can. "Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home. It had the old buildings lined up along the walkway", she said.

What has happened in northern California?

Butte County Sheriff officials in Northern California claim that five people were found dead in their vehicles in the town of Paradise.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said the victims were found in the same area in Paradise, a town that has been destroyed by the flames.

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.

The Los Angeles county fire department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!" Evidently the evacuation was not completely successful as reports state at least five people were killed by the flames while trying to evacuate the city in their vehicles. He worked side-by-side with neighbors all night, using a backhoe to create a fire line, determined not to lose his house this time. Many abandoned their vehicles to flee on foot as the flames bore down on all sides.

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

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.

The hospital was totally destroyed, Mike Mangas, a spokesman for operator Dignity Health, told Action News Now.

Conditions in Oak Park, just north of Malibu, have been described as "surreal" and "horrific". "You could feel it".

A trio of rapidly expanding wildfires are burning in California, marking the latest in a string of harrowing climate-related disasters in America.

"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", he also told The Associated Press.

"It's really a cumulative effect in that it's changing the landscape", Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, said."You're getting longer periods of the year when you get these fires", Swain said.

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