Intense videos show the Camp Fire ravaging Northern California

Intense videos show the Camp Fire ravaging Northern California

Intense videos show the Camp Fire ravaging Northern California

Today, it mushroomed to 70,000 acres and apparently is still growing as fire officials report 0 percent containment.

The bulletins from the northern part of the state were even worse.

Almost 500 miles south of Butte County, another small community had been struggling to cope with a different kind of trauma Thursday afternoon. At one point, the Camp Fire was consuming 80 football fields worth of land per minute, fueled by winds of up to 50 mph. "I know three of my coaches lost their homes and I know whole neighborhoods burned". A third wildfire was also expanding in Southern California's Ventura County. The nearby Hill Fire ignited around the same time and has since grown to 6,100 acres.

"We have received reports of some fatalities".

Meanwhile, another wildfire in southern California was threatening 75,000 homes and more than 200,000 people were under mandatory evacuation early on Saturday.

In total, there are now 14 wildfires blazing in California and acting governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency. "The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office wants to provide as much support as possible to our partners and neighbors at the Ventura County Sheriff's Office as they mourn the loss of their own and deal simultaneously with protecting their community members from the threat of wildfires".

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire", said a statement, adding that they had yet to be identified.

"We need your prayers", Allen appeals. "I'm devastated." "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.

Firefighters battle to save structures while battling the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.


And CalFire Capt. Bill Murphy warned there's likely still more to come. Fire surrounded the evacuation route, and drivers panicked. One building was burned in the fire, but firefighters were able to stop the blaze before it did more damage.

Less Sun and more rain should normally see any potential blazes put out before they get the chance to rise.

"It was absolutely dark", said resident Mike Molloy, who said he made a split decision based on the wind to leave Thursday morning, packing only the minimum and joining a sea of other vehicles.

In Southern California, Santa Ana winds gusting at 50-70 miles per hour in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are expected to ease Saturday. The National Weather Service does not expect the gusts to subside until later in the day.

Butte County Fire Chief Darren Read said there were multiple injuries among civilians and firefighters. "California's state fire agency reported the fire is "very dynamic" and that '[s] trong winds are moving the fire quickly".

People fleeing that blaze have cloggedroadways already prone to traffic.

No deaths have been reported in Malibu.

With ash falling and the sky darkening to a menacing shade of black, evacuees from Paradise sat in stunned silence Friday outside a Chico church where they took refuge the night before.

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