Northern California's Paradise 'Destroyed' as More Wildfires Rage

Postado Novembro 10, 2018

"There was really no firefight involved", said Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, explaining that crews gave up on attacking the flames and instead helped people evacuate.

She and her husband "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as numerous residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible, Bernacett said.

A vintage auto rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise.

The blaze sent residents fleeing, and now threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people.

In Northern California, panicked residents began fleeing Paradise on Thursday as the Camp Fire swept through it. Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom has also declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles, Ventura and Butte counties.

At least in the case of the Hill Fire, the location and direction of the Hill Fire is playing to firefighters' advantage, according to Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. Around 150,000 people have also been evacuated from their homes.

Morgan Mason said her father told her that he could hear propane tanks blowing up all over Paradise this morning.

While not as big as the Camp Fire, the Woolsey Fire, which now measures approximately 8,000 acres, is in a much more densely populated area. "It was the event we have feared for a long time", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a press conference. "All of it is engulfed in flames right now".

While no homes or businesses have been lost to the fast-moving blaze, a number of RVs and outbuildings have been burned and a firefighter suffered a minor injury, authorities said. In 1993, the Old Topanga Fire burned 16,800 acres and destroyed 369 homes, killing three. God help us!' Bernacett said before breaking down crying.

Authorities said around 105,000 people had been evacuated in southern California.

Typically, for Los Angeles at least, the serious headlines are interspersed with others reporting that the mansion from the television series The Bachelor is burning, or that the homes of former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner and pop icon Cher, are at risk.

In Southern California, two fires burned near the town of Thousand Oaks with towering smoke clouds visible at the site of a mass shooting where a gunman killed more than a dozen people just hours earlier. At present, 400 fire personnel are on scene fighting the fire.

Woolsey Fire was threatening 75,000 homes and more than 200,000 people were under mandatory evacuation early on Saturday.

The entire city of Malibu was ordered to evacuate Friday morning as well as surrounding areas south of Highway 101, the entire community of Oak Park and sections of Thousand Oaks, according to a Ventura County incident webpage. At one point, the Camp Fire was consuming 80 football fields worth of land per minute, fueled by winds of up to 50 mph.

USA media reports that schools have also been closed and evacuated due to the fire, and animals have been moved out of the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.

He "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as many residents as possible, Bernacett said.

"Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home. I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.