Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Entire Town of Paradise, California ‘Pretty Much Destroyed’ in Camp Fire

Entire Town of Paradise, California ‘Pretty Much Destroyed’ in Camp Fire

In a statement, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said: "The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire".

"It's a very unsafe and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. No further details were given surrounding the circumstances of those deaths.

The fire has now killed at least six people and destroyed hundreds of structures.

City Hall survived. But the Moose Lodge and Chamber of Commerce buildings didn't.

"Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property", the Chico Fire Department said in a tweet. As many as 1,385 people are in shelters. Abandoned, charred vehicles cluttered the main thoroughfare, evidence of the panicked evacuation a day earlier. He characterized the act as "despicable" and threatened to prosecute anyone caught looting to the full extent of the law.

"It's my sad duty to confirm that we now have a total of nine fatalities", he said, four more fatalities beyond the five reported earlier.

PG&E's 115-kilovolt Caribou-Palermo line experienced a power outage in Butte County at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, according to the company, while Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) said the blaze began at 6:29 a.m., according to the KQED report. "A lot of people have to rebuild".

In a heartbreaking video, Paradise resident Jackie Blome posted an emotional tour on Facebook of her town. The whole hill's on fire. "I mean, my God".

Morgan Mason said her father told her that he could hear propane tanks blowing up all over Paradise this morning.

On the outskirts of Paradise, Krystin Harvey lost her mobile home.

"It's very chaotic. It's a very bad fire", Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol said of the evacuation. And we love you for that. We're just trying to take care of people.

Another blaze in northern California has destroyed one town and is threatening another, officials say.

In Butte County, about 80 miles north of Sacramento, has seen strong winds hamper efforts by aircraft to drop retardant on the fast-moving fire that largely destroyed Paradise and moved into the eastern side of Chico this morning, a city with a population of around 90,000.

Los Angeles authorities on Friday evening ordered the mandatory evacuation for part of West Hills, the first neighborhood within L.A. city limits to be affected by such an order in the growing Woolsey Fire.

"I don't have all of the details because we have investigators out on the field attempting to get to those locations" where the casualties were reported, Honea said at a press conference. Actor James Woods used the hashtag #CampFireWoods on Twitter to help connect families. He said he thought he could save her house, but they would only watch helplessly as their home burned.

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