Hundreds of homes destroyed by California wildfire, deaths reported

Evacuations ordered in Northern California as fast-moving wildfire spreads

Paradise is 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

Laura Anthony witnessed the fire whirl, a whirlwind caused by fire and consisting of flame or ash, on the outskirts of Paradise on Thursday. "We're anxious sick.They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times". "I don't know. It's hard".

TV personality Adrienne Janic said on Twitter that firefighters were using her home as a command centre.

Many people fled their homes in haste. Her father, a lineman for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, was called in from another district to help shut down power, she said.

The California fire map also includes info about air quality, evacuation orders, shelters, fire containment statistics, road closures, and more.

"There are times when you have such rapid-moving fires ... no amount of planning is going to result in a ideal scenario, and that's what we had to deal with here", Honea told the Action News Network.

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Evacuation orders were sent out for the communities of Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon, and Butte Valley.

Bonnie Flores said she was "just numb". Her grandmother, who is in her 70s and lives alone, never showed up up at a meeting spot in Chico, though. "It can't be there anymore".

He estimated that a couple of thousand structures, including offices, large stores and restaurants in the 27,000 population town were flattened by the fire, although exact numbers are not known.

The entire town of Paradise was under evacuation as several homes in the area became engulfed in the fire, Cal Fire Public Information Officer Scott McClean said at a press conference Thursday.

The Concow School sent its 60 students home, but many faculty members are anxious about their homes, said Golden Feather Union Elementary School District Superintendent Josh Peete. "We're doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas". "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said. Right now, 500 firefighters are working to put out the conflagration, with support from 100 other law enforcement officials. The death toll is expected to rise, official said. It's already burned dozens of homes and threatens 30,000 more. So far, it has burned about 10,000 acres, destroyed multiple structures, and forced the closure of a major highway. A temporary refuge has been created in a Walgreens to house people until they can leave for a safer area.

A second smaller fire, dubbed the Woosley Fire, also started Thursday and has burned 2,000 acres. She captured photos of low-hanging black smoke stretching for miles as she and her boyfriend evacuated Paradise. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely. The threat continues Friday morning, with millions of Californians under "red flag" warnings portending windy, arid and warm conditions that pose extreme fire risks. Wind gusts of almost 50 miles per hour helped speed its growth.

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