Driving through Paradise, California as the Camp Fire rages on

Driving through Paradise, California as the Camp Fire rages on

Driving through Paradise, California as the Camp Fire rages on

Fanned by ferocious Santa Ana winds and fueled by dry tinder, the fires immolated a mountain town and jangled the nerves of many tens of thousands of residents forced to evacuate their homes. Celebrity website TMZ reported that the Malibu ridge home of Caitlyn Jenner, America's best-known transgender person, was destroyed by the flames on Friday.

That was all before the Camp Fire escalated rapidly Thursday, changing the lives of not just the football team at Paradise, but the entire community forever.

Paradise is 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

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

By Friday morning, some 75,000 homes across Ventura and Los Angeles counties - and extending as far south as the city of Malibu - were already under evacuation orders.

U.S. media reports that schools have also been closed and evacuated due to the fire, and animals have been moved out of the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.

"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott Maclean, referring to Paradise, which has a population of 26,000.

In the midst of the chaos, officials said they could not provide figures on the number of wounded, but County Cal Fire Chief Darren Read said at a news conference that at least two firefighters and multiple residents were injured. The Butte County Sheriff's Department is maintaining updated information on evacuation areas and shelters on its Twitter feed. "We're doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas".

Residents described fleeing their homes and getting stuck in traffic jams as the flames sparked explosions and toppled utility poles.

"Things started exploding", Oviedo said.

"I just wonder how many people didn't make it, and how many older folks and people with children in their cars didn't make it", she said. "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours".

Smoke from the Camp Fire is causing air quality problems all across Northern California. Among those evacuated were all of the patients at the Feather River Hospital in Paradise.

"Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming", he said.

"It's very chaotic", said Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol. All of the people were found dead in their cars, which were "overcome by the Camp Fire", the sheriff said.

'We never heard from them again, ' Ms Lee said. I've linked to both of them and provided descriptions below.

Acting Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the northern part of the state to help facilitate rescue and recovery efforts.

The fires, one in the north of the state and another to the south near Los Angeles, are moving fast, driven by strong winds.

Given the fires' rapid movement and volatile conditions, The Los Angeles Times is maintaining a live feed with the most current data available.

The fire, as officials expected, continued to spread to nearby towns, including the city of Chico.

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