Thursday, 15 November, 2018

5 dead in California wildfires, Malibu evacuated

Satellite Image taken at 3:12 p.m. The blue lake in the center with the white line through it is Lake Tahoe with California's border overlayed in white Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire
Steven Clarke | 10 November, 2018, 13:27

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.

The Camp Fire began on Thursday and quickly exploded in size, basically destroying the town of Paradise.

In Southern California, two fires have consumed + more than 40,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

He said ash in the air was so thick that it "looked like midnight" in the middle of the day.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference on Friday that the remains of five victims were found in or near burnt-out cars. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 69 square kilometres, Gaddie said.

The erupted Thursday near the northwest corner of the city of Los Angeles as the region's notorious Santa Ana winds gusted, triggering overnight evacuations of an estimated 75,000 homes in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County. "We were driving through fire on each side of the road", police officer Mark Bass said.

Also burning farther west in Ventura County was the Hill Fire, which fire officials said burned almost 4,050 hectares by Thursday night.

Abandoned vehicles sit at a auto lot in Paradise, north of Sacramento, California on November 09, 2018.

On Friday, Pepperdine University announced it was shutting down its campuses in Malibu and Calabasas due to the Woolsey fire, The Malibu Times reported.

Accidents gridlocked routes out of the town and residents abandoned their cars and fled on foot carrying children and pets, Reuters quoted local officials as saying.

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'Things started exploding, ' said resident Gina Oviedo. "I took a couple of videos of myself just to kind of have something to talk to and just tell my loved ones that I love them", she said. Miller at first scoffed at the notion of getting back in a vehicle.

Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading wildfire has ripped through the town of Paradise, charring 18,000 acres and destroying dozens of homes in a matter of hours.

An used vehicle dealership is seen engulfed in flames during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. "God help us!" she said before breaking down crying.

Five people were discovered dead in or near burned-out cars, while another 35 people have been reported missing.

Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband's 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from Thursday morning.

"My husband tried his best to get everybody out".

"It is critical that residents pay close attention to evacuation orders", the Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Twitter. It was unclear how many homes have been evacuated within the City of Los Angeles.

Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom has requested an emergency presidential disaster declaration from Trump to speed the flow of federal aid to victims. They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times'.

About two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious Southern California's wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home for many Hollywood celebrities.

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