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California National Guard Headed To Camp Fire To Help Evacuations

16 November, 2018, 15:47 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise Calif. on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

It had burned 8,000 acres and there was no containment or expected containment, according to a Ventura County Fire Department update at 3:30 a.m.

Almost 2,300 fire personnel are battling the blaze with over 300 engines, 11 helicopters, 24 bulldozers and 11 water tenders. Her husband was apparently in NY at the time.

The National Weather Service has issued red-flag warnings for fire dangers across much of California, where low humidity and high winds create optimally dry conditions for a fire to explode into a conflagration, such as happened near Paradise on Thursday.

Residents of the town of Paradise told harrowing tales Friday of a slow motion escape from a fire so close they could feel it inside their vehicles as they sat stuck in terrifying gridlock.

Firefighters were able to stop the flames at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place Friday, said Cal Fire Cpt.

Flames consume a Kentucky Fried Chicken as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

In just 24 hours, the disastrous Camp Fire in Northern California has burned at the rate of nearly an acre per second and scorched an area more than twice the size of San Francisco.

A state of emergency was also declared in Butte County.

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The Woolsey Fire broke out on Thursday and quickly jumped the 101 Freeway.

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

Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Five people were declared dead and 150,000 evacuated Friday as fierce wildfires raged across the western USA state of California, with one rapidly spreading blaze threatening the famed resort of Malibu.

"There was really no firefight involved", said Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, adding that responders instead helped to get people out alive. "It's going to take some time", he said.

The fires erupted Thursday near the northwest corner of the city of Los Angeles as the region's notorious Santa Ana winds gusted, triggering overnight evacuations of an estimated 75,000 homes in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County.

It was not immediately clear how many homes had been destroyed in Malibu or Calabasas, but local television stations showed images of a number of homes that had been destroyed.

Many vehicles were abandoned along the roadway, and homes are destroyed. The fast-moving Hill fires started near the community of Thousand Oaks, which was in the midst of grappling with the Wednesday night shooting that killed 12 at the Borderline nightclub.

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said a "very significant, risky weather pattern" would continue through the end of the weekend.

Heavy smoke and strong winds hampered visibility for crews on the firelines and residents trying to evacuate fire zones.

The Hill Fire in Ventura County's Santa Rosa Valley has charred about 2400 hectares, according to Cal Fire. In Malibu - which has been home to Hollywood stars including Tom Hanks and Dustin Hoffman - flames leaped over the US 101 freeway to threaten some of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods.

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