Five dead in wildfires raging across California

Lester Mason
November 10, 2018

Dozens of other people were reported missing.

Butte county has opened a number of shelters to accommodate people who have been uprooted by the blaze.

After an 8-2 regular season, Paradise was rewarded with the No. 3 seed in California's Northern Section Division II playoffs and a home game that would have been played Friday night against Red Bluff.

County officials have pinpointed the origin of the blaze just south of the city of Simi Valley.

Fueled by winds, the wildfire jumped ridges from Pulga to Concow and down into Paradise, a town of 26,000 people about 85 miles north of Sacramento.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said Friday firefighters are focused on saving lives and are still rescuing people from fires.

In the photos below, taken from NASA's Terra satellite on Friday, massive plumes of smoke can be seen drifting over the Pacific Ocean from fires in Northern and Southern California.

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.

Butte County Sherriff Kory Honea told the Chico Enterprise-Record that "it's bad". In a single day, this Sierra Nevada foothill town founded in the 1800s was largely incinerated by flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do. "All of it is engulfed in flames right now".

"Not one home will be left standing", he said. He said he thought he could save her house, but they would only watch helplessly as their home burned. "We're kind of all shaking right now".

Officials have recovered the remains of five people from vehicles that were "overcome by" the raging fire in Butte County, the sheriff's department there announced on Friday morning.

"This is the new normal", Los Angeles County Fire Captain Erik Scott told a local television station.

Why are the fires moving so quickly?

By Friday morning, the area remained under siege, with reports that two large fires had burned 15,000 acres and were threatening multiple communities, with 75,000 homes under evacuation orders.

The two fires burning just northwest of Los Angeles were zero per cent contained, and mandatory evacuations were in place for L.A. County and Ventura County.

That prompted residents to abandon their vehicles and run from the flames, carrying children and pets, officials said.

"By the time we got out, the flames were a half mile away from the school".

The resort is one of the most in-demand locations in California for Hollywood stars seeking privacy and luxury, and has been home to Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt and a host of other celebrities.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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