Thousands flee fast-moving fire
A FAST-MOVING wildfire that ravaged a Northern California town yesterday sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire as thick smoke darkened the daytime sky. Several thousand buildings were destroyed by flames, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection official said.
“We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road,” said police officer Mark Bass, who lives in the hard-hit town of Paradise, where harrowing tales of escape and heroic rescues emerged after the entire community of 27000 was ordered to evacuate.
Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames.
Acting California Govenor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the area. |
Vehicles are seen during an attempt to evacuate Camp Fire in Paradise, California, US. |