Driving through Paradise, California as the Camp Fire rages on

Driving through Paradise, California as the Camp Fire rages on

Driving through Paradise, California as the Camp Fire rages on

Within six hours, it had grown to more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometres), Gaddie said. "These firefighters were in the rescue mode all day yesterday".

The occupants of the auto eventually make it out of the harrowing tunnel of fire uninjured.

"We were surrounded by fire". "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the road between Paradise and Chico.

As of Thursday afternoon, local time, the Camp Fire has burned through 8,000 acres of forest and is 0% contained, according to California Fire officials.

The wind-driven blaze also spread to the west and reached the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000 people.

Residents of Concow were asked to evacuate as the Camp Fire that erupted yesterday morning, but some residents were said to have not been aboe to escape their homes.

Evacuations were also directed for all of Paradise, which is home to almost 27,000 residents and was described as "pretty much destroyed", nearby Pulga. The Hill and Woosley Fires have not been as destructive as the Camp Fire, which is located farther north past Sacramento, but officials are still keeping a close eye on them and hoping to stomp them out sooner rather than later.

Everyone in Paradise, a community of 27,000 people about 290 kilometres northeast of San Francisco, was ordered to get out.

"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed".

He said: "The town is devastated, everything is destroyed".

The Woolsey Fire started in Simi Valley Thursday, where it destroyed about 30 homes and burned 8,000 acres by early Friday.

A wildfire came down from a hilltop, Thursday, near Newbury Park, Calif.

Strong winds blow smoke horizontally over the the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean over the city of Malibu.

Honea said the county sent out automated warning calls to 23,862 households, using its Code Red system.

The fire broke out on Thursday north west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the United States 101 freeway early on Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

A Red Flag Warning is in place through Friday morning in the Butte County area, and winds are expected to gust at speeds as high as 40 miles per hour overnight, according to the National Weathers Service.

Firefighters battle the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday. State fire authorities said they could not confirm the reports. The message I want to get out is: "If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", he said.

Residents described fleeing their homes and getting stuck in traffic jams as the flames sparked explosions and toppled utility poles.

Percifield said that he drove off the road a few times in the low visibility conditions but eventually made it to a meadow that is maintained for residents to gather in the event of fires.

"I hope people got out". Some buildings were damaged, the efforts appeared to largely have paid off Friday morning.

Social media was flooded with apocalyptic imagery of smoke-filled skies and horizon lines of neon orange in what is becoming a familiar ritual in California.

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

"God help us!", Shary Bernacett said.

This article was originally published at 8:10 a.m.

The Concow School sent its 60 students home, but many faculty members are anxious about their homes, said Golden Feather Union Elementary School District Superintendent Josh Peete.

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