Nine dead in California wildfires, tens of thousands forced to flee

Berkeley Fire Department responding to fires in Oakland, Butte County

A Northern California wildfire that moved so fast firefighters didn't even try to stop it killed five people, authorities said Friday as the blaze quadrupled in size after leveling much of a town of almost 30,000 people.

Some of the first responders who rushed to the scene of the second mass shooting in less than two weeks in the United States were also helping out with fire-related duties.

The Camp Fire has burned at least 20,000 acres in Northern California, forcing the evacuation of 40,000 people.

What's left of a staircase stands amidst a smoldering home as the Camp fire tears through Paradise, north of Sacramento, California.

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.

"I was frantic", she said.

The flames descended on Paradise so quickly that many people were forced to abandon their cars and run for their lives down the sole road through the mountain town.

Among the towns under evacuation orders is Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people in a rampage on Wednesday.

With a blaze in Butte County reddening the Berkeley skies and a fire in Oakland prompting full response from its fire department, Berkeley Fire Department is sending engines for support. ABC7.com reported that 75,000 homes were under evacuation orders along the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Yesterday, the Northern California city of Paradise, a retirement community of 27,000 located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and home to two Assemblies of God churches, was evacuated due to the approaching Camp Fire.

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The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings for fire dangers in many areas of the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue through Friday evening.

"Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home".

A Butte County Sheriff's Department spokesperson confirmed authorities have received missing-person reports out of Paradise, but no count or estimate was available as of 7 a.m. Friday. The she reconsidered, thinking: "I'm really scared, this is terrifying, I can't breathe, I can't see and maybe I should humble myself and get in this woman's auto".

The remains of five of the victims were discovered in or near burned out cars, three outside residences and one inside a home, Honea said.

The 20,000 acre (8,100 hectare) Camp Fire, which started on Thursday near Camp Creek, is being driven west by 35 miles per hour (56 kmh) winds, fire officials said. "My home is in jeopardy but. everything with a heartbeat is safe", she said.

Accidents gridlocked routes out of the town and residents abandoned their cars and fled on foot carrying children and pets, Reuters quoted local officials as saying.

"We've just been posting all over social media".

At least one nursing home and the Feather River Hospital were evacuated and several homes were on fire, according to the Sacramento Bee, and the region is covered with thick, dark smoke.

The largest fire in state history set Southern California ablaze in 2017. "We tried to get all the nondigital things that we could - you know, stuff that couldn't be replaced", Peete said.

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