Cal­i­for­ni­ans run for lives from fire

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple fled a fast-mov­ing wild­fire in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, some clutch­ing ba­bies and pets as they aban­doned ve­hi­cles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evac­u­a­tion of an en­tire town.

Ev­ery­one in Par­adise, a com­mu­nity of 27,000 peo­ple about 290km north­east of San Fran­cisco, was or­dered to get out. As she fled, Gina Oviedo de­scribed a dev­as­tat­ing scene in which flames en­gulfed homes, sparked ex­plo­sions and top­pled util­ity poles.

“Things started ex­plod­ing,” Ms Oviedo said.

“Peo­ple started get­ting out of their ve­hi­cles and run­ning.”

Au­thor­i­ties were work­ing on a plan to re­move pa­tients from a hos­pi­tal af­ter res­cuers had to turn back be­cause of grid­locked traf­fic.

“It’s a very dan­ger­ous and very se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion,” Sher­iff Kory Honea said. “We’re do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to get peo­ple out of the af­fected areas.”

The blaze de­stroyed a num­ber of struc­tures and in­jured some peo­ple, but the ex­tent of the in­juries was un­known.

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