Northern California is bracing for violent wildfire which has ruined some parts of Sierra foothills including a town.
The wildfire has burned almost 20,000 acres till Thursday afternoon.
The Camp Fire started spreading early on Thursday near Camp Creek. The strong winds and dry forest fuelled the Camp Fire.
According to state fire officials, some residents of devastated Paradise Town were trapped in the flames. The rescue teams have evacuated thousands from schools and hospitals in the region.
Officials said that it will take days to confirm the figure of casualties. The state’s forestry and fire protection spokesperson, Scott Maclean explained: “[Paradise] is devastated, everything is destroyed. There’s nothing left standing.”
Almost 20,000 acres of land have burned by the Camp Fire till Thursday afternoon. The winds of 50mph (80km/h) caused the fire to develop quickly in just a few hours. Most of the residents forced to escape on foot.
In Ventura County, strong winds are also making the rescue efforts of tackling another huge blaze difficult and scorched10,000 acres. This place is few miles away from the place where 12 people lost their lives in a mass shooting in Thousands Oaks.
Evacuation orders have been placed in Paradise town, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley areas. meanwhile, the town is home of around 26,000 people.
One Paradise resident said: “It was so hot. You could feel it.” Resident Shari Bernacett also explained: “The whole hill’s on fire. God help us!”
The authorities have ordered thousands of residents just outside Los Angeles to evacuate immediately. They ordered as amid massive wildfire advances and further fanned by strong winds.
The Woolsey Fire is further spreading south. It is now threatening coastal areas also including parts of Malibu.
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