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California wildfires force hundreds of thousands to evacuate, claim lives

10 November 2018

A list compiled by a local news affiliate reports a growing number of missing people after almost the entire town of Paradise, population roughly 30,000, has been destroyed. "These firefighters were in the rescue mode all day yesterday".

"Anything to bring more attention to Paradise".

"We were surrounded by fire".

Evacuations were ordered for the east side of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people, as flames from the blaze were being driven by 56-kilometer-per-hour winds.

Rescuers used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out of the way in order to reach a hospital and evacuate patients as the fire engulfed the building, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter said.

Wind in the valley calmed down, but they were still shifting and erratic along the ridgetops, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, he said.

In Los Angeles, another, smaller fire in Griffith Park forced the Los Angeles Zoo to evacuate a number of show birds and some small primates on Friday as flames came within less than 2 miles (3 km) of the facility, zoo officials said in a statement. "It's hard to express how fast a fire can move across dry ground", Allen says.

The Paradise Immediate Care clinic was also destroyed, owner Brad Smith told the television station. "It's that kind of devastation", he said.

The city of Malibu is under mandatory evacuation orders as the Woolsey fire continues to threaten Ventura County and its surrounding communities in California on Friday.

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

The Camp Fire, which broke out on Thursday at the edge of the Plumas National Forest northeast of Sacramento, has since blackened more than 90,000 acres and was only 5 percent contained as of nightfall on Friday.

The fire has also reportedly destroyed one of the sets for the TV series Westworld. "It's all hands on deck to rescue people and get people out of harm's way". "They were going off like bombs", said Karen Auday, who escaped to a nearby town.

By 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Paradise resident Tanah Clunies-Ross said she could not see her auto from her front door through the cloud of smoke.

Actor James Woods started the hashtag #CampFireJamesWoods, retweeting missing-person reports to his more than 1.8 million followers.

"It's a worst-case scenario", Bass said. Visibility is nearly zero at times due to the smoke an ash.

"It was absolutely dark", said resident Mike Molloy, who said he made a decision based on the wind to leave Thursday morning, packing only the minimum and joining a sea of other vehicles.

"The fire burned from one house, to the next house, to the next house until they were pretty much all gone", Knuthson said.

Chico police officer John Barker and his partner evacuated several seniors from an apartment complex.

'The little bunnies there, quite a few of them, we've seen trying to escape the flames and get out, get to safety because their home, their habitat is on fire, ' said a reporter for CBS2, Kandiss Crone. He described the community as having a lot of elderly residents, some with no vehicles.

California wildfires force hundreds of thousands to evacuate, claim lives