Published: Sat, November 10, 2018

9 people found dead in Paradise as wildfires singe areas across California

9 people found dead in Paradise as wildfires singe areas across California

"Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property", the Chico Fire Department said in a tweet.

With fires also burning in Southern California, state officials put the total number of people forced from their homes at 157,000.

Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

Laura Anthony witnessed the fire whirl, a whirlwind caused by fire and consisting of flame or ash, on the outskirts of Paradise on Thursday. "However, the pastors told me that they were driving through fire trying to get out of town before the flames engulfed the city".

PG&E's 115-kilovolt Caribou-Palermo line experienced a power outage in Butte County at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, according to the company, while Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) said the blaze began at 6:29 a.m., according to the KQED report.

It also shows thermal hotspots detected by satellites.

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.

Residents have now been ordered to evacuate from several more towns to the west of Thousand Oaks, including Calabasas immediately south of Highway 101 and Malibu on the coast, as well as from the western edge of Los Angeles.

In Southern California, brush fires are nearing a community in mourning over a deadly mass shooting late Wednesday at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.


"We heard this was coming so we set up on the sprinklers and we hosed the whole house down", said Patrick Henry, a Malibu resident. "People started getting out of their vehicles and running".

Many abandoned their cars on the side of the road, fleeing on foot.

Authorities were working on a plan to remove patients from a hospital after rescuers had to turn back because of gridlocked traffic.

About 3,300 students and staff members from Paradise's 11 schools were evacuated in buses and employees' cars to a center in Chico, Butte County Schools Superintendent Tim Taylor said.

Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the area and requested a federal emergency declaration, saying that high winds and dry brush presented ongoing danger.

The massive blaze that hit Paradise spread north Friday, prompting officials to order the evacuation of Stirling City and Inskip, two communities north of Paradise along the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Another fire northwest of Los Angeles has been swept southward toward the ocean by strong Santa Ana winds.

By Friday morning, a day after the fire broke out along Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road in Butte County, firefighters said about 80 percent of the town, population 26,000, was lost.

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