A wildfire blazing so quickly that firefighters couldn’t hope to stop it quadrupled in size Friday after destroying several thousand buildings and leveling much of a Northern California town of nearly 30,000 people, according to state authorities. Law enforcement officials confirm at least five people were found dead in vehicles torched by wildfire flames.
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3:10 PM: Video shows the aftermath of the Camp Fire in Paradise
EERIE VIDEO: The aftermath of the #CampFire in #Paradise. Yesterday there were reports that motorists were abandoning their cars to run away from the flames https://t.co/ui36FmuPiA pic.twitter.com/ooJ4lKQcYh
— KRON4 News (@kron4news) November 9, 2018
Just told by CUSD Superintendent Kelly Staley that all schools in Butte County will be closed all next week, by order of Butte County Office of Education.
— David Little (@ER_DavidLittle) November 9, 2018
List of school closures below:
Willows Unified School District
Chico Unified School District
Los Molinos Unified School District
2:55 PM: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area officials say the Western Town at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills has burned down. Los Angeles photojournalist John Schreiber shared photos of what appears to be the aftermath.
We are sorry to share the news that the #WoolseyFire has burned Western Town at #ParamountRanch in Agoura. We do not have any details or photos, but it is our understanding that the structures have burned. This area is an active part of the incident and we cannot access it. pic.twitter.com/oC4n7KR8ZT
— Santa Monica Mtns (@SantaMonicaMtns) November 9, 2018
Sad for fans of @WestworldHBO and shows like Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, the Paramount Ranch western town movie set has burned to the ground in the Woolsey Fire @CBSLA #westworld #Woolseyfire pic.twitter.com/DhZWaGbr6g
— John Schreiber (@johnschreiber) November 9, 2018
2:35 PM: Sheriff’s officials in Northern California say the five people found dead in vehicles torched by a wildfire’s flames could not immediately be identified because of the burns they suffered.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that autopsies will be conducted.
Officials say the victims were found in the same area in the town of Paradise, near a main thoroughfare heading out of the town that was consumed by flames.
All of the city’s 27,000 residents were ordered to evacuate on Thursday as the wildfire quickly turned into an inferno.
Many residents said traffic jams developed as they left as panicked people fled, some abandoning their cars to try to escape on foot.
The fire has grown to nearly 110 square miles.
Paradise is 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.
2:29 PM: The Woolsey fire grows moves towards the west valley area in Porter Ranch, California
2:26 PM: The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire raging through the Santa Monica Mountains was headed to the ocean. Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 21 miles of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range.
“Imminent threat!” the department said in its warning.
The erupted Thursday near the northwest corner of the city of Los Angeles as the region’s notorious Santa Ana winds gusted, triggering overnight evacuations of an estimated 75,000 homes in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County.
The fire then pushed southward, jumped the wide U.S. 101 freeway before dawn Friday and pushed into the Santa Monica range.
Another fire was burning farther west in Ventura County, also moving toward the ocean.
2:15 PM: Wildfire burns a part of Griffith Park in Los Angeles.