Staggering Stats Of Camp Fire’s First Day

Thousands evacuated over fast-moving California wildfire

Thousands evacuated over fast-moving California wildfire

Dozens of people have been reported missing and remained unaccounted for Friday morning.

The fires are the latest in a string of disastrous wildfires that have burned in California over the past year.

The first firefighters to arrive found about ten to 15 acres burning with wind gusts of almost 50mph blamed for the speed the blaze's rapid growth.

Northern California officials say investigators found five people dead in vehicles that were torched by the flames of a ferocious wildfire. The fire was three feet from my vehicle. The death toll is expected to rise, official said.

"The magnitude of the destruction we are seeing is really unbelievable and heartbreaking, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this", said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Office of Emergency Management. Another 15,000 are threatened.

"There was really no firefight involved", said Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, explaining that crews gave up on attacking the flames and instead helped people evacuate. "A lot of people have to rebuild".

One woman, Kim Curtis, said she was searching for her grandmother, a woman in her 70s who had said she was fleeing with her cat but had failed to turn up at an arranged meeting point and was not contactable.

Nicole Kowalczyke, of Chico, said she saw a "very ominous" outside her house. "I mean, my God".

Teresa Roberts spent the day frantically trying to reach her mother, Marilyn Allen, 69, and her grandfather, Richard Torres, 85, whose home of 13 years she feared was lost. Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom has requested an emergency presidential disaster declaration from Trump to speed the flow of federal aid to victims. "So we really need to be thinking about this from a strategic standpoint".

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Mr Dean said the other prior encounters were a traffic accident and an incident when he was the victim of a beating at a bar. But a mental health professional who spoke with Long said he did not believe Long needed to be hospitalized.

The California Highway Patrol shut down Highway 99, a major north-south thoroughfare, advising people to avoid the area. "That's that's what we do". Many homes have propane tanks that were exploding amid the flames. "There's nothing much left standing". "I'm sorry. I thought we were maybe going back. That's all I want to know".

"God help us!" she said before breaking down crying. "We have nothing now".

Dry, windy conditions are making it hard to contain the fire.

Evacuation notices were set for homes on the east side of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people situated about 90 miles (145 km) north of Sacramento.

Two out-of-control fires are on the move in Southern California, not far from the scene of Wednesday night's mass shooting at a bar.

Calabasas and Malibu are home to numerous celebrities and some have been posting on social media, including reality TV star Kim Kardashian. "And just praying for a miracle, honestly", Ms Curtis said.

The National Weather Service issued extreme fire danger warnings in many areas of the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue through the evening.

The evacuation center at the Neighborhood Church in Chico is full, according to the Butte County Twitter page.

But even that story is up for debate.

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