Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Five die in California wildfires, 150,000 forced to flee

Five die in California wildfires, 150,000 forced to flee

Queues to leave the city have resulted in traffic jams and gridlock, which has led people to leave cars abandoned on roads as they rush to safety.

As a result of the devastation that ravaged the small community, leaving at least five people dead, the Paradise High School football team has been forced to concede its playoff game against Red Bluff, Rick Silva of the Paradise Post reported Friday afternoon.

Fire surrounded the evacuation route, and drivers panicked.

The Woolsey Fire is seen looking towards the west valley area on November 9, in Porter Ranch, California.

The Butte County Sherriff's Office have confirmed several more fatalities as they continue their response to the deadly Camp Fire now raging in Northern California.

Yesterday, the Northern California city of Paradise, a retirement community of 27,000 located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and home to two Assemblies of God churches, was evacuated due to the approaching Camp Fire.

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A fast-moving wildfire has advanced to the outskirts of the Northern California city of Chico, forcing thousands to flee after it left the nearby town of Paradise in ruins. In Southern California there are now two fires in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties threatening structures and forcing evacuations. "While this won't be as critical for fires as what we're seeing now, or expect to see Sun/Mon, it does look like it will be another very dry week which won't help the situation any".

McLean estimated that the lost buildings numbered in the thousands in Paradise, about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed". By nightfall, it had consumed more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers) and firefighters had no containment on the blaze, McLean said. Here's the latest on the California wildfires.

A raging wildfire in southern California has triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu.

A police officer mans a checkpoint in front of an advancing wildfire Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, near Newbury Park, Calif.

In Los Angeles County, the 14,200 hectare Woolsey Fire was threatening 75,000 homes and more than 200,000 people were under mandatory evacuation early on Saturday.

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Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Trey Epsy said crews created "water curtains" between homes to salvage the ones they could.

"Imminent threat!" the department said in its warning.

One of the blazes, the Woolsey Fire, grew to more than 10,000 acres overnight as it spread south from Simi Valley in Ventura County to Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County, where the flames jumped the 101 Freeway and continued burning toward the Malibu area. "You pose a danger to yourself and emergency responders", Ventura County Fire Department Captain Scott Dettorre said about the drivers.

No injuries have been reported in either fire.

The flames from the inferno called the Camp Fire moved so fast that firefighters did not even try to stop it, authorities said Friday as the blaze quadrupled in size.

Almost 800 kilometres to the south, a second blaze forced the evacuation of the upscale oceanside city of Malibu and threatened the beleaguered town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people this week in a rampage in a bar and dance hall. "The south side as well as the north side has been hit very hard as well".

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