The Sacramento Bee reports:
An uncontrolled wildfire raced across the Butte County community of Paradise Thursday afternoon, destroying a large swath of downtown and sending residents fleeing on foot past burning homes, businesses and a local church.
“The whole town’s on fire,” said Scott Lotter, a town councilman who evacuated with his family. “It’s pretty grim.”
By Thursday evening, the Camp Fire had cut from east to west across town, forcing a chaotic evacuation of most of Paradise’s 27,000 residents. It grew from 1,000 acres in the morning to 20,000 as of 7:06 p.m., and remained completely uncontained, according to Cal Fire officials.
ABC News reports:
A pair of rapidly intensifying wildfires in Ventura County, California, are forcing thousands of evacuations and already burning structures. The Woolsey Fire, the blaze currently causing the most concern for firefighters, was up to 7,500 acres around 1:30 a.m. local time, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.
The department said 30,000 people had been evacuated in the area and as many as 30,000 homes were threatened. The fire was zero percent contained. In addition to the Woolsey Fire, the Hill Fire was burning northwest of Thousand Oaks in the Santa Rosa Valley.
The fire grew to 10,000 acres on Thursday, and forced the mandatory evacuations of several areas. The Point Mugu Naval Base was evacuated, as well as the towns of Camarillo Springs and Dos Vientos.
A live look at one of the wildfires in Southern California. There are multiple fires burning across the state — forcing thousands to evacuate their homes.https://t.co/Uow1FMRiKs pic.twitter.com/InvMDbj9Zu
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Thousand Oaks residents, already devastated by the deaths of 12 people in a mass shooting, have been forced to flee from a fierce wildfirehttps://t.co/pqM9wJWfoi
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) November 9, 2018