Tens of Thousands Evacuate as Wildfires Char California Towns

Vehicles are seen during evacuation from Paradise to Chico in Butte County California U.S in this

Vehicles are seen during evacuation from Paradise to Chico in Butte County California U.S in this

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District also issued a warning Thursday afternoon, notifying residents of air quality impacts in the Bay Area due to the smoke drifting south from the Camp Fire.

The fire was was also burning in parts of Los Angeles County.

Just 100 miles north of Paradise, the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history hit in July and August and was also one of the earliest.

"All residents must evacuate immediately". "It had the old buildings lined up along the walkway", she said.

"The magnitude of destruction we have seen is really unbelievable and heartbreaking and our hearts go to everybody who has been affected by this", said Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

Blome drove through the town with a man named Fred, crying, pointing out Sam's Liquor, Safeway, McDonald's, the church, the tire shop, the auto wash, apartments, her doctor's office, the bowling alley, a hotel, the veterinarian - all of which had gone up in flames.

That assurance from officials with Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Allana Hall captures this photo as she evacuates her home in Paradise, California. "Please keep Paradise and all the first responders in your prayers".

Firefighters battle the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday.

Paradise, located on a ridge, has limited escape routes.

Cinders crawled along the ground and up trees as she fled with her mother and grandmother. He worked so long in the flames and smoke that he needed to use oxygen Thursday night at his home, but he refused to leave. "It can't be there anymore".

Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

The Chico Fire Department said: "Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property".

"There's nothing left standing", said Mr Maclean.

"By the time we got out, the flames were a half mile away from the school. The message I want to get out is: If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate". Capt. John Gaddie said.

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

Officials said all the victims were found in Paradise, including four who died inside their vehicles.

Those who live there have been warned of an "imminent threat" to their safety, with thousands of people being urged to flee however they can.

In all, three major fires are burning across the state.

"I was frantic", she said. According to CNN, over 20 million people are in the way of the natural disaster, which is being fueled by a mixture of low humidity and fast-moving winds. Gusts have reached speeds of 65 miles per hour.

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