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LOS ANGELES – The Latest on wildfire in California (all local times):

9:20 pm:

A Southern California forest fire continues to burn homes as it rushes towards the sea. But the winds that led the ferocious flames have eased.

Meteorologists say the 50-mile gusts will not be back until Sunday, and the firemen hope to use that truce to make progress in stopping the spread of the flames.

Even so, television reports show homes, palms and even power poles exploding in flames.

The Woolsey fire and the smallest fire in the Hill have destroyed more than 150 homes and have required evacuation orders for about 250,000 people from Thousand Oaks northwest of Los Angeles to the celebrity enclave of Malibu.

We do not know what turned on the fires on Thursday. But the winds are blamed for pushing the fire through the scenic communities of the canyon and the homes of the creters.

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7:10 pm

The Pacific Gas & Electric Company says it will cooperate with any investigation resulting from a massive fire in northern California.

The utility reported to state regulators on Thursday that it encountered a problem on an electrical transmission line near the fire site before the fire broke out. The company said it later found damage to a transmission tower on the line.

PG & E spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said the information was preliminary and pointed out that the cause of the fire was not determined.

The fire killed at least nine people and destroyed more than 6,000 homes. He forced the evacuation of about 30,000 people in the city of Paradise, about 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

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7:05

Some residents forced to flee from a growing hell in Southern California have faced a major obstacle to rescuing their large animals.

No one could have had more trouble than Eva Loeffler (AY-vuh LEFF-lur), who did not have a trailer for her 20-year-old pony, Minnie.

Loeffler, from Westlake Village, says frantic horsemen were loading horses into trailers as the embers rained down and she could not take a ride to the little horse, so she improvised.

Minnie trotted beside Loeffler's car over a rope for more than a mile as the flames jumped over the road, the sirens howled by the rescuers' passage and the helicopters buzzed over her head.

Eventually a couple with four dogs, three horses, two parrots and a pig stopped and made room in their trailer.

Loeffler says they crushed Minnie and went to an evacuation center.

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6:30 pm

A Northern California sheriff says that only one of nine people killed in a fire was found inside a house.

Butte County Sheriff, Korey Honea, said on Friday that three people were found outside the houses and four people inside the vehicles. He said that another victim was found near a vehicle but outside.

All the victims were found in the city of Paradise, which was evacuated because of the fire.

Authorities say they have conducted numerous rescues on Friday as they fought the flames, including the use of helicopters to save five people in the nearby Magalia community.

The sheriff says they have taken 35 reports of missing persons.

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6:20 pm

Authorities say nine people were confirmed dead in a northern California forest fire.

Butte County Sheriff, Korey Honea, said on Friday that some people were found inside their cars and others outside their homes. A victim was found near a vehicle but outside it.

He says he does not have all the details about the circumstances of the dead.

The sheriff's officers had previously reported six deaths.

Authorities say that the fire that burns around the city of Paradise has become the most destructive of the state since the recording began.

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6:15 pm

Fire officials from Ventura County and Los Angeles County say a fire in northern California destroyed more than 6,500 facilities and grew to 140 square miles (362 square kilometers).

Fire officials said Friday that the destroyed facilities include 6,453 homes and 260 other commercial facilities. The fire is burning around the city of Paradise.

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5:50 pm

The Mayor of Thousand Oaks says that three quarters of his city are under fire order and that most likely includes people hit by the deadly bar fire this week.

Mayor Andy Fox spoke on Friday of the consecutive crises he faced in his city when a fire threatened the city the day after an armed man killed 12 people in a country music bar.

Fox says the distinction between the two events is that the victims of Borderline Bar and Grill and their family members have suffered a permanent loss from which they may never recover.

So far, he says, no one died because of the fire that burned in the city.

Fox says the fire is a serious situation, but that homes can be rebuilt.

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5:30 in the afternoon.

Fire officials say the fires in Southern California have burned 150 homes and that the number will increase.

The authorities also announced on Friday that a quarter of a million people are being evacuated while the flaming fire flames through the scenic areas west of Los Angeles and burn to the sea.

In a press conference, officials said that 75% of the city of Ventura County in Thousand Oaks was emptied. The entire enclave of Malibu celebrities is also under the evacuation order.

The two fires broke out on Thursday and were driven by winds of up to 60 miles per hour through foothills and canyons.

Hill's fire burned 6,000 acres and did not advance, but Woolsey's fire a few miles away doubled in size up to 35,000 acres.

The head of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Daryl Osby, says the winds are dying, but Sunday will come back to life.

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4:55 pm

A sheriff's spokesman confirmed the sixth death in a northern California forest fire that forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate.

The spokesperson for the Butte County Sheriff's Office, Megan McMann, said he has no details on the circumstances of his death.

The sheriff's officials said before five people were found dead in vehicles that were burned by flames in the same area in the city of Paradise.

They said the five could not be identified immediately because of the burns they had suffered.

Paradise is 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

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4:40 pm

California was granted federal funds to fight devastating fires that destroyed entire neighborhoods and killed at least five people.

President Trump has issued an emergency statement providing aid to help state and local firefighters fight fires in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

The money will help pay for the firefighting aircraft along with the shelter, supplies and transportation for the tens of thousands of evacuated residents.

Windfires have destroyed blocks of houses in the paradise city of northern California, where five people died.

Other fires in southern California have destroyed many homes and threaten thousands of other people.

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4:30 pm

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. claims to have had a problem on an electrical transmission line near the site of a huge fire in northern California just minutes before the blaze broke out.

The company said in a summary of a paragraph presented Thursday to state authorities that had suffered an interruption about 15 minutes before the start of the fire. The company said it later found damage to a transmission tower on the line near the city of Paradise.

The fire killed at least five people and destroyed hundreds of homes. Paradise is 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

The deposit was reported for the first time by KQED News.

Fire officials did not determine a cause for the fire.

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4:15 pm

Melissa Schuster, Paradise Town Councilman, has lost her Chapelle refuge to the 16-acre Artiste, an elegant property with a chapel, a pond and a swimming pool.

But Friday clung to hopeful slivers inspired by two hairy llamas: Shyann and Twinkle Star Heart.

"Somehow they did it," Schuster said.

He had stopped trying to hook a trailer to the animals and had escaped from home and property with only three cats on Thursday, when the day had turned black like fire and smoke roared inside.

On Friday he was trying to stay positive. He had heard that his son's house and the barn had survived, along with the Town Hall and even some parts of the hospital.

"It's a paradise," he said. "It has always been Paradise and we will bring it back".

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15:45

Blocks and blocks of homes and businesses in a northern California city have been destroyed by fire.

Parts of the city of Paradise were still on fire on Friday. At least five people in the city are dead.

Patrick Knuthson, a fourth-generation inhabitant of Paradise, said that only two of the 22 or so houses on his path survived. Knuthson stayed behind and was able to save his home.

He said he lost his previous home in a fire in 2008.

Butte County Sheriff, Kory Honea, said about 20 MPs lost their homes.

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2:30 in the afternoon.

A surgical nurse who is evacuated from a northern California hospital with a violent roar nearby says he had to return after his vehicle went up in flames and one of his legs caught fire.

Last Friday, Nichole Jolly said he helped evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital health hospital in the town of Paradise where at least five people died.

When she tried to leave, she was stuck in the firestorm.

He said the firefighters turned off his smoking pants, covered them in a fire blanket and brought them back to the hospital, where he waited for the fire.

He said the doctors extinguish the burning trees around the hospital to try to keep the flames at bay.

Jolly eventually escaped from the city.

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1:20

Nurses and patients told their dramatic escapes from a hospital in a city in northern California that was devastated by a ferocious fire.

Nurse Darrel Wilken told the Chico Enterprise-Record on Friday that the fire in Paradise city arrived so quickly that he and other employees of the Adventist Health Feather River Hospital have used their cars to evacuate the patients.

Wilken said he took three patients in his car and that two of them were in critical condition. He says he fought traffic stuck on a road surrounded on both sides by the fire.

Paradise resident Cody Knowles said his wife, Francine, was doing gallbladder surgery on Thursday morning.

When the evacuation was announced, she was still asleep by anesthesia. He waited until she woke up and escaped into the car of a hospital employee.

The hospital says it has evacuated 60 patients in other facilities.

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1:10

A road in a northern California city ravaged by a wildfire is strangely deserted.

There were no signs of life on Friday on the way to the city of Paradise, except for the occasional chirping of a bird. A dense yellowish mist, set in the air, gave the appearance of twilight in the middle of the day.

Strong winds had blown blackened needles on some evergreens on one side. A car burned with open doors was sitting on the shoulder.

Five people were found dead in Paradise by fire, and sheriff officers say they are investigating further reports of victims. Thousands of buildings were destroyed.

The city of 27,000 to about 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco has been completely evacuated.

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1 pm.

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has tweeted that the huge Southern California forest fire has apparently destroyed the production of film and TV known as "Western Town" in the historic Paramount Ranch.

The National Park Service claims not to have details or photos but it is believed that the structures that formed the facades of the Old West are burned on Friday.

The park's service says that the ranch was used as a location for productions ranging from 1938 "The Adventures of Marco Polo" to "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," and the latest shows "The Mentalist" and "Weeds".

The western city was built specifically for television productions in the 50s and was used for westerns like "The Cisco Kid" and "Dick Powell's Zane Gray Theater".

The location set in the mountains west of Los Angeles dates back to 1927 when Paramount Pictures rented the ranch and started making films there.

Shooting continued for decades even when the ranch changed hands. It was acquired by the National Park Service in 1980 but continued to function as a location for filming.

When not in use for shooting, visitors can walk around the western city while hiking or riding on horseback.

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12:10

A Northern California sheriff says authorities are trying to confirm that more than five people died when a fire devastated the city of Paradise.

Five people were found dead in vehicles Friday, but Butte County Sheriff, Korey Honea, reported to Chico's KHSL / KNVN television stations that further reports of deaths were investigated.

Honea said that the flames and power lines torn down in Paradise prevent Members from reaching certain areas.

The five victims were found in vehicles in the same area of ​​the city, where residents described traffic jams and panic as they tried to escape the flames on Thursday.

Thousands of buildings were destroyed in Paradise, about 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

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11:35

A mandatory evacuation order for the entire city of Malibu has been restored as one of the most important forest fires in California in the enclave called home by many Hollywood stars.

An evacuation throughout the city was ordered on Friday and then resized.

But it was again extended to include all of Malibu, a city of about 13,000 that extends for 21 miles (34 kilometers) of coastline west of Los Angeles.

Traffic is blocked on sections of the Pacific Coast Highway.

Some residents evacuated the parking lot of the famous Zuma beach.

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11:25

A University of Northern California has closed its campus and canceled the weekend events due to a violent fire.

But California State University officials, Chico, have posted on Twitter on Friday that the campus is not under evacuation and that the dining rooms and residences remain open.

The university says that the fire has not entered the city limits of Chico and is moving away.

Chico has a population of about 93,000 and is located 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of the city of Paradise, which was destroyed by a fire that killed at least five people.

Paradise is 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco and the smoke drifting from the fire has made the unhealthy air in the San Francisco bay area.

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11:20

Jessica Van Amber sought shelter, called out and appealed to people on social media to help her find her aunt and her mother disappeared after a fierce Northern California fire.

About 24 hours after listening to the women for the last time while they were trying to get out of the city of Magalia, Van Amber posted on Twitter: "UPDATE: MY MINE HAS BEEN FOUND !!!!!!"

Van Amber, the uncle called, reports that the women were safe and were leaving Friday morning to meet with relatives in the Bay Area of ​​San Francisco.

He says that the women stayed at home during the night while the fire occupied the neighborhood and eventually sought shelter in their car. At the start of Friday, they left the city and contacted the relatives.

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11:15

Sheriff's officials in Northern California say the five people found dead in vehicles burned by a fire can not be identified immediately because of the burns they suffered.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said Friday that autopsies will be conducted.

Officials say the victims were found in the same area in the city of Paradise, near a major main artery that came out of the city that had been consumed by flames.

All 27,000 inhabitants of the city received the order to evacuate on Thursday while the forest fires quickly turned into hell.

Many residents said traffic jams developed as they panicked, some abandoning their cars to try to escape on foot.

The fire grew to about 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

Paradise is 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

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11 am.

Northern California officials say investigators have found five people dead in vehicles that have been burned by the flames of a ferocious wild fire.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said the victims were found in the same area in the city of paradise.

The fire grew to about 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

Paradise is 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

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10:20

A California National Guard official says 100 military policemen are headed to Northern California to help evacuate people from a fire.

The gen. David Baldwin states that other military personnel are studying satellite images to assess the extent of the damage and to map the fire.

The fierce fire near the northern California paradise town has grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

Paradise is 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

Smoke from the fire has made the unhealthy air in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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10:10

Fire officials say the evacuations due to a raging Southern California fire are expected to reach around 148,000 and that structural losses should be significant.

The so-called Woolsey Fire that burns west of Los Angeles has surpassed 15 square miles (39 square kilometers) on Friday morning and continues to grow.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Dave Richardson said that 45,000 people in Ventura County and another 43,000 in Los Angeles County had orders to evacuate overnight.

According to Richardson estimates, another 60,000 people will have to evacuate because the fire blew up in the US on Friday 101 and is pushing toward the coast.

He says that the pace of the fire forced the firefighters to focus on protecting life rather than saving structures and expects the number still to be determined to be significant.

Another fire in the west burned more than 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) in Ventura County, but has slowed since it hit a fire in 2010.

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10:00

A California fire officer says that six major fires are burning around the state and have characterized three of them as "critics".

Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said firefighters are focused on saving lives and are still saving people from fires.

The fire near the northern California paradise town grew to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

Another fire north-west of Los Angeles was swept southward to the ocean by strong winds of Santa Ana.

Evacuation orders were issued for residents of the Malibu seaside community.

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9:55

A woman from New Hampshire says she and her brother are frantically trying to get information about their 83-year-old mother, who lives in the Californian town of Magalia near the devastated city of Paradise.

Diane Forsman says that Jean Forsman can not walk and is in oxygen.

He says: "We are trying to remain confident until we take our word." We do not know what the result will be. "

She and her brother posted on Facebook and Twitter on Thursday asking if anyone had seen their mother. They tried calling 911 and other numbers. They were told that the officials had a list of 300 to 400 social checks to make.

Finally they knew through Facebook that someone in his neighborhood had captured a disabled woman, but they were not able to confirm if it was their mother.

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9:40

The director of the emergency services office of the Governor of California states that fires throughout California have forced 157,000 people to leave their homes.

Mark Ghilarducci provided the figure in a news briefing on Friday.

The fires are burning in northern and southern California.

The fire near the northern California paradise town grew to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

Another fire north-west of Los Angeles was swept southward to the ocean by strong winds of Santa Ana. Evacuation orders were issued for residents of the Malibu seaside community

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9:30 am.

The director of the emergency services office of the Governor of California states that a fire in Northern California has caused casualties.

Mark Ghilarducci said Friday that the number of deaths is unknown. He said there are also wounded.

He says the entity of destruction is unbelievable and heartbreaking.

The fire near the city of paradise grew to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

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9:15

Some people who escaped a violent fire in northern California spent the night in a church in the nearby city of Chico.

Residents of the City of Paradise have told rending stories on Friday of a slow-moving escape from a fire so close that they can hear them inside their vehicles while they were stuck in a terrifying traffic jam.

They say it is as if the entire city of 27,000 inhabitants decided to leave immediately.

The fire surrounded the evacuation route and the drivers were panicked, some crashed and others abandoned their vehicles to try their luck on foot.

Many of the rural residents have propane tanks on their properties and the tanks were exploding.

The resident Karen Auday says "they were going like bombs".

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8:45

Authorities have issued a warning of poor air quality for parts of the San Francisco Bay, while smoke from a huge fire moves south, polluting the air.

Officials say the thousands of structures in the city of Paradise, 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, were destroyed by the fire that carbonized 110 square miles (285 square kilometers). At least 40,000 people have been displaced.

The air in San Francisco Friday is confusing and the smell of smoke is overwhelming, prompting officials to declare the quality of unhealthy air.

They are advising elderly people and children to move physical activities indoors.

All people are encouraged to limit their activities to the open.

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8:25

The city of Malibu has reduced the scope of an obligatory evacuation order for the beach community as an oil-stained approach.

Malibu officials initially said that the order issued at the start of Friday applies to the entire city, but has now defined an area that is roughly within the two-thirds of the western community.

The fire broke out Thursday to the northwest of Los Angeles and was swept southward to the ocean by strong winds of Santa Ana.

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8:20

A fire official says a Northern California forest fire has put 15,000 homes and 2,000 commercial buildings to "imminent fire hazard".

Captain Koby Johns from the California Forestry and Fire Department has also announced that about 2,000 buildings have already been destroyed. He described those numbers as "very elastic".

Johns says the strong winds continue to drive the fire, but the winds should calm down on Friday afternoon, which could give the firefighters the opportunity to begin to contain it.

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7:50

A California fire officer says a fire in Northern California has almost quadrupled for the night.

Captain Scott McLean of the California Forestry and Fire Protection Department states that the fire near the city of paradise has grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

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7:25

A raging Southern California fire triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire town of Malibu on the beach.

The fire broke out Thursday northwest of Los Angeles and roared south, skipping the 101 US expressway early Friday and sweeping the Santa Monica mountains.

Malibu has about 13,000 inhabitants and is located along 21 miles (34 kilometers) of coastline at the southern foot of the mountain range.

The Fire Department of the Los Angeles County tweets that the fire is directed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the statement: "Imminent Threat!"

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7:15

Northern California officials say a fire that devastated a city of 27,000 people is moving north and has ordered people in two Sierra Nevada foothills communities to leave their homes.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says that an evacuation was issued Friday for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip, north of paradise, where thousands of homes were destroyed.

Cal Mur Capt. Bill Murphy says the winds have calmed down in the valley but that there are "irregular and changing winds" with speeds up to 45 miles per hour (72 km / h) along the tops of the ridges.

The fire that started Thursday morning east of paradise and decimated the city has also spread to the west.

He reached the Chico border, a city of 90,000 people on Thursday evening. Murphy says the firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place.

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7:00 am

The raging fires west of Los Angeles forced the schools to close.

Pepperdine University canceled lessons on Friday at its Malibu and Calabasas campuses. The Calabasas campus is also evacuated.

Even the public schools of Malibu are closed.

To the west, in Ventura County, Moorpark College is closed due to the impact of the fire and Wednesday night's mass shooting in nearby Thousand Oaks.

California Lutheran University had already canceled Friday classes due to shooting. Cal Lutheran says his Thousand Oaks campus is not under evacuation orders, but residential students have been put on standby.

Even the unified school district of the Conejo Valley of the Thousand Oaks area has closed all its schools.

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6 and 30 in the morning.

Two violent fires west of Los Angeles force thousands of people to leave their homes.

Firefighters in Los Angeles County and Ventura say more buildings have been destroyed or damaged, but exact numbers are not available at the start of Friday.

The flames are driven by the infamous Santa Ana winds of southern California, which blow from the northeast to the coast.

Both fires broke out on Thursday afternoon and grew rapidly.

A fire that broke out near the northeast corner of Los Angeles roared to the west, rose north of the United States in the Calabasas area, and is climbing up the Santa Monica Mountains.

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6:15

Evacuations were ordered at the edge of the northern California city of Chico, which is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from a city where thousands of buildings were destroyed by a rapid fire.

Captain Scott McLean of the California Forestry and Fire Protection Department says the flames of the fire that devastated the city of Paradise had reached the eastern side of Chico, a city of about 90,000 people.

The authorities said that at least two firefighters and more residents were injured in Paradise. McLean said Friday morning that he did not have an immediate update on injuries.

He says that strong winds have made it difficult for aircraft to fall on the ground effectively.

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12:00 pm

Un violento incendio che ha devastato una città del nord della California ha spinto i residenti a correre per scappare su strade che si sono trasformate in tunnel di fuoco mentre il fumo denso ha oscurato il cielo diurno.

Un funzionario del Cal Fire ha detto che migliaia di strutture sono state distrutte.

Racconti strazianti di fuga e salvataggi eroici sono emersi dal Paradiso, dove è stata ordinata l'evacuazione dell'intera comunità di 27.000 persone. Testimoni hanno riferito di aver visto case, supermercati, aziende, ristoranti, scuole e una casa di riposo in fiamme.

L'incendio è stato segnalato poco dopo l'alba in una zona rurale. Al calar della notte, aveva consumato più di 28 miglia quadrate e stava imperversando senza controllo.

Le autorità dicono che almeno due vigili del fuoco e più residenti sono rimasti feriti.

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