Wildfires near California town still reeling from bar shooting

Hannah Rogers
November 9, 2018

The fires are the latest in a string of disastrous wildfires that have burned in California over the past year. In October 2017, some 21 wildfires burned almost 95,000 acres and 7,000 buildings in Sonoma and Napa counties in the heart of California's wine country, killing 40 people.

However there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries.

"This is the type of situation where, if a fire starts, it can spread rapidly", May said.

The Woosley Fire exploded from 2,000 acres to 8,000 in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in a matter of hours Thursday night into Friday.

Earlier, the Butte County Sheriff's Office says an evacuation ordered was issued Friday for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip, north of Paradise, where thousands of homes were destroyed.

Medical personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

"The mass population is trying to be evacuated at once, a fast-moving fire, trying to get everybody evacuated on the roads, a lot of congestion, traffic accidents".

The flames are now threatening coastal areas further south, fire officials said. It had injured an undisclosed number of civilians, and two firefighters, officials said at a news conference on Thursday.

The Camp Fire has destroyed businesses, homes, restaurants, supermarkets, and a retirement home, USA Today reported.

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A raging wildfire in Northern California has forced the 27,000 residents of the city of Paradise to flee.

A former U.S. Marine combat veteran opened fire in a bar packed with college students in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, killing 12 people in an incident that stunned a bucolic community with a reputation for safety.

Authorities fear the fire, fueled by winds, would reach the city of Chico - a city of 90,000 people where many Butte County families already have evacuated to shelters.

On social media, many have been sharing images of highways and roads flanked by fire or covered in heavy smoke and asking for help to evacuate friends and family.

The Butte County Camp Fire has burned over 8,000 acres of land and is zero percent contained as of press time, according to information released by the CAL FIRE Butte Unit and the Butte County Fire Department on their shared twitter account.

Laura Anthony witnessed the fire whirl, a whirlwind caused by fire and consisting of flame or ash, on the outskirts of Paradise on Thursday.

Just 12 minutes after it started Thursday afternoon, the flames spread across U.S. 101, leaving several drivers temporarily stranded. One of them was on fire, and some cars were driving through it, but she didn't want to chance it with the children in the auto, he said.

He said: "The town is devastated, everything is destroyed".

The California Highway Patrol reversed traffic lanes along Interstates 99 and 149 throughout the day to allow evacuees to flee the 'Camp Fire'.

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