Par­adise lost to mon­ster wild­fires

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par­adise — Two mon­ster wild­fires burned out of con­trol on Satur­day in north­ern and south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, hav­ing al­ready killed at least nine peo­ple and forced hun­dreds of thou­sands to flee their homes.

The fires scorched a his­toric movie site re­cently used by the HBO se­ries West­world and forced numer­ous celebri­ties to join the thou­sands flee­ing flames that have claimed homes and prompted the to­tal evac­u­a­tion of the celebrity en­clave Mal­ibu.

Kim Kar­dashian West, Scott Baio, Rainn Wil­son and Guillermo del Toro are among numer­ous celebri­ties forced to evac­u­ate their homes, in some cases hur­riedly try­ing to ar­range trans­port for their horses. Some, like Del Toro and Cait­lyn Jen­ner, did not know the fate of their homes, but the wind-driven wild­fire has de­stroyed the home of Dr Strange di­rec­tor Scott Der­rick­son and the his­toric Para­mount Ranch where shows like HBO’s West­world and Dr. Quinn,

Medicine Woman were filmed. Nine peo­ple were found dead in and around the north­ern Cal­i­for­nia town of Par­adise, where more than 6,700 homes and busi­nesses were

burned down by the Camp Fire, mak­ing it the most de­struc­tive blaze in Cal­i­for­nia his­tory. The re­mains of five of the vic­tims were dis­cov­ered in or near burned out cars. —

AP

Flames con­sume a food out­let as the Camp Fire tears through Par­adise in Cal­i­for­nia. Nine peo­ple died in the wild­fires and hun­dreds of thou­sands were forced to flee. —

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