Nine dead as California fires continue to rage

Minnie Murray
November 10, 2018

State fire officials on Twitter announced that firefighters from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Draper, Provo, Bluffdale, Cedar City and Hurricane, Washington County, are also en route to assist with the fire.

In Southern California, the 4,047ha Woolsey Fire led authorities on Friday morning to expand mandatory evacuation orders to the entire city of Malibu, known for the many celebrities that call it home. He had tweeted about 200 times by Friday morning regarding the Camp Fire and people and pets reported missing or found, including some of their home addresses for use with the Red Cross registry.

Since the fire ignited, at least nine people have been confirmed dead, almost 6,500 homes and 90,000 acres have burned and about 30,000 residents have evacuated, media reports said. Paradise is 180 miles northeast of San Francisco. "California's state fire agency reported the fire is "very dynamic" and that '[s] trong winds are moving the fire quickly".

Vandenberg was fleeing the Camp Fire - a devastating blaze that officials say has destroyed the majority of the northern California town of nearly 30,000 residents. By nightfall, the fire had expanded in size to 70,000 acres, and was just 5 percent contained.

Rescuers used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out the way to reach Feather River Hospital and evacuate patients as flames engulfed the building, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter told reporters. At this point, firefighters are trying to save lives and not property, which should tell you all you need to know about how unsafe the situation is.

They lived in an RV park in the California foothill town and were unlikely equipped to evacuate.

"Things started exploding", resident Gina Oviedo said. Miller at first scoffed at the notion of getting back in a vehicle.

Many abandoned their cars and trucks on the side of the road.

What's left of a staircase stands amidst a smoldering home as the Camp fire tears through Paradise, north of Sacramento, California.

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

Chico police officer John Barker and his partner evacuated several seniors from an apartment complex.

Officials were sending as many firefighters as they could, Cal Fire spokesperson Rick Carhart said.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire". Herrera, who lives in Paradise with her 88-year-old husband, Lou, left a frantic voicemail at around 9:30 a.m. saying they needed to get out. "We're anxious sick. They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

In total, there are now 14 wildfires blazing in California and acting governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency.

Authorities say the Camp Fire in the north and the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire in the south are being fanned by strong winds. The blaze broke out in the Hill Canyon area and in just 12 minutes jumped the 101 Freeway. The blaze sent residents fleeing, and now threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people.

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