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California wildfire destroys homes, hospital; deaths reported

10 November 2018, 06:03 | Darnell Patrick

California wildfire destroys homes, hospital; deaths reported

An unknown number of homes and buildings in Paradise have been destroyed by the Camp Fire

Nine people were declared dead and 150,000 evacuated as fierce wildfires raged across the western U.S. state of California, with one rapidly spreading blaze threatening the famed resort of Malibu.

Voluntary evacuations of 75 000 homes were called for because of the Woolsey Fire that affected parts of Thousand Oaks in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, the site of a shooting massacre this week.

At least nine people died in or near their homes or vehicles as they tried to outrace the "Camp Fire" that started on Thursday morning, has devastated the mountain town of Paradise, about 90 miles north of the state capital, Sacramento.

A raging wildfire in southern California has swept into the beach resort of Malibu - home to many Hollywood stars - leaving buildings burning and sending residents fleeing.

At about 2:30 a.m. Friday, all evacuation orders in the city of Los Angeles were changed from mandatory to voluntary, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The number of evacuations remains at 52,000 people so far, but the number of total structures destroyed has risen to 6,713.

The fire in Paradise was reported shortly after daybreak in a rural area.

Evacuations were ordered for the east side of the neighboring town of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people, as flames from the blaze were being driven by 56 kph winds.

Resident Shari Bernacett told the Associated Press that she "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to get mobile home residents to leave as fire consumed the hillside.

A group of Cal Fire firefighters monitor ambers from a toppled wall while battling the Camp Fire in Paradise on Friday. It has forced over 200,000 evacuations.

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Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire near the town of Paradise has grown to almost 110 square miles.

Five people have died during massive wildfires in the USA state of California, a representative of the Butte County Sheriff's office told Sputnik. Firefighters from Lehi, Bluffdale, Cedar City and Draper are also going, UFA spokesman Keith Garner said.

L.A. County Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Trey Espy confirmed 15 to 20 homes were impacted in the area of Kellwood Ct. and Churchwood Dr. and additional homes were impacted in nearby areas.

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

Northern California officials say investigators found five people dead in vehicles that were torched by the flames of a ferocious wildfire.

California's Santa Ana winds have stoked the fires, causing the Woolsley blaze to double in size to 8,000 acres, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Caitlin Jenner and Guillermo del Toro among numerous celebrities forced to abandon their homes. "I just had to evacuate my home from the fires".

The fire had jumped Highway 101 in several places, including Calabasas and Agoura Hills, and was moving southwards toward coastal Malibu, Malibu Search and Rescue said in a post on Twitter.



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