Thou­sands flee North­ern Cal­i­for­nia fire

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple fled a fast-mov­ing wild­fire Thurs­day, some clutch­ing ba­bies and pets as they aban­doned ve­hi­cles on foot to es­cape fast-mov­ing flames in an area sev­eral hours north of San Fran­cisco.

Ev­ery­one in Par­adise, a com­mu­nity of 27,000 peo­ple about 180 miles north­east of San Fran­cisco, was or­dered to get out.

The blaze de­stroyed an un­known num­ber of struc­tures and in­jured some peo­ple, but the ex­tent of the in­juries was not im­me­di­ately known, said Capt. John Gad­die of the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion.

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