One town in northern California, the ironically named Paradise, population 27,000, has been incinerated, burned to the ground a fire which left apocalyptic scenes of empty, smouldering buildings and burned out cars in its wake. After flames ripped through the town Thursday, Paradise (population 27,000) has been declared nearly a complete loss.
He said ash in the air was so thick that it "looked like midnight" in the middle of the day.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed later Friday that there were four more deaths but did not provide any other details. The fire has more than doubled in size from this morning. when officials said it was 14,000 acres.More news: Traces of acid, chemicals found in Saudi consul’s home
"It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us", police officer Mark Bass said.
Paradise: Cassie Lerossignol hugs as coworker as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.
While stars including Alyssa Milano and Guillermo del Toro gave status updates and expressed their thanks to have escaped unscathed, Caitlyn Jenner wasn't as lucky, with TMZ reporting Friday that she'd lost her home as the fire marched across the hills of Malibu.
Residents described fleeing their homes and then getting stuck on gridlocked roads as flames approached, sparking explosions and toppling utility poles. "I took a couple of videos of myself just to kind of have something to talk to and just tell my loved ones that I love them", she said.
"Things started exploding", resident Gina Oviedo said.More news: Emma Stone's name change inspired by Emma 'Baby Spice' Bunton
Flames consume a home as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise.
"There are quite a few of them we've seen, trying to escape the flames and get out, get to safety, because their home, their habitat, is on fire", she said. "God help us!" she said before breaking down crying. Herrera, who lives in Paradise with her 88-year-old husband Lou Herrera, left a frantic voicemail at around 9:30 a.m. saying they needed to get out. "We're anxious sick. They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".
Elsewhere, fire officials say evacuations due to a raging Southern California wildfire are expected to reach about 148,000 and structural losses are expected to be significant. The site also reported that the fire was burning on the property of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West. Kardashian West later tweeted that the flames had died down, and expressed gratitude to firefighters.
Malibu resident Georgienne Bradley, a deep-sea diver and conservationist who's known for swimming with sharks, packed her belongings and prepared to evacuate her beachfront home Friday when confronted with the deadlier threat of an uncontained wildfire.More news: Death toll climbs as Northern California wildfire spreads