Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Thousands flee raging wildfires in California

Thousands flee raging wildfires in California

California is experiencing one of its worst fire years ever, with 621,743 acres (251,610 hectares) burned through Sunday in areas covered by Cal Fire, almost twice the amount during the same period of 2017 and almost triple the five-year average.

However, at this time it can't be determined if the building were destroyed or only partially damaged - though fire officials are saying the city was decimated by the flames.

"There's nothing much left standing", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesperson Scott Maclean.

"We're working very hard to get people out".

- Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it experienced a problem on an electrical transmission line near the site of a massive fire in Northern California minutes before the blaze broke out.

Earlier, the fire devastated the town of Paradise in the Sierra foothills, home to 26,000 people.

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

State officials described catastrophic losses, and said rescue efforts were ongoing. He evacuated his family and then returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man trying to carry his bedridden wife to safety.

Evacuees from a wildfire rest on cots and blanket supplied by the Red Cross in the gymnasium at Taft Charter High School in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles on November 9, 2018.

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The blaze sent residents fleeing, and now threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people. The fire is already the fourth most destructive wildfire in state history, but those numbers are nearly certain to increase once officials survey the area more completely.

The Camp Fire ignited Thursday and evolved into the most fierce of the wind-driven fires in what has been one of the worst years for wildfires in California.

With fires burning in both Northern and Southern California, the director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services put the number of people forced from their homes at 157,000.

West of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire has jumped a major highway and is now threatening coastal areas, including parts of Malibu. As of Friday evening, the wind-fueled fire was only 5 percent contained after burning up to 70,000 acres anddestroying 6,453 homes.

Home owner Will Buckley uses a shovel with dirt to try to stop the flames from from destroying a neighbor's home during the Woosley Fire in Malibu, California, U.S. November 9, 2018.

"It is critical that residents pay close attention to evacuation orders", the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted.

Flames from the unchecked, 20,000-acre (8,100-hectare) Camp Fire were being driven westward by 35-mile-per hour (56 km-per-hour) winds, fire officials said.

Some of the first responders who rushed to the scene of the second mass shooting in less than two weeks in the United States were also helping out with fire-related duties.

A pair of intense wildfires in Ventura County have also led to the evacuation of 105,000 people in Southern California, leading acting Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency there while Gov.

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