Published: Sat, November 10, 2018

Northern California Wildfire Killed Five People in Vehicles

Northern California Wildfire Killed Five People in Vehicles

Mr Murphy said firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remain in place.

Even so, TV reports show homes, palm trees and even power poles erupting in flames.

Winds of up to 50 miles an hour (80kmh) have stoked the Woolsey Fire, which has charred some 35,000 acres (14,200 hectares) around Los Angeles.

A firefighter drags a hose as he battles the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. The size of the fire is about 110 square miles, he said Friday.

"There's nothing left standing", said Scott Maclean, the state's forestry and fire protection spokesman.

Residents described fleeing their homes and then getting stuck on gridlocked roads as flames approached, sparking explosions and toppling utility poles.

Among the towns under evacuation orders is Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people in a rampage on Wednesday.

Five people have died during massive wildfires in the U.S. state of California, a representative of the Butte County Sheriff's office told Sputnik. Several evacuation centers were set up in nearby towns.

A separate massive blaze raging in Northern California since Thursday morning has almost quadrupled in size overnight, according to one Californian fire official.

Four hospital employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.

'It's devastating. It's like "welcome to hell,"' resident Cynthia Ball said about the dual disasters while she was outside the teenage centre serving as a shelter for evacuees.

Back in Butte County, concerned friends and family posted frantic messages on Twitter and other sites saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone.

"We're just hoping that our brand new home that we were hoping to move into tomorrow is not burned to the ground", Winstead said.

Thousands of people in California have had to flee ahead of a wildfire that has consumed thousands of hectares of land and continues to grow, courtesy of strong winds. "We're anxious sick. They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

On Thursday, acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the fire-stricken area in Northern California and requested a presidential disaster declaration, saying that unsafe weather conditions were expected to last several days.

The 101 freeway is closed as the both the Hill and Woolsey fires have jumped the freeway near Camarillo as well as in Agoura Hills near Malibu.

The resort is one of the most in-demand locations in California for Hollywood stars seeking privacy and luxury, and has been home to Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt and a host of other celebrities. He said he thought he could save her house, but they would only watch helplessly as their home burned.

Authorities were forced to shut down the 101, a major north-south artery, as well as the Pacific Coast Highway.

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