Thou­sands flee North­ern Cal­i­for­nia fire

The Herald Sun - - Nation -

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple were or­dered to evac­u­ate a fast-mov­ing wild­fire that ex­ploded in size Thurs­day, threat­en­ing sev­eral North­ern Cal­i­for­nia com­mu­ni­ties and forc­ing pan­icked res­i­dents to race to help neigh­bors who had to drive through walls of flames to es­cape.

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

Butte County Sher­iff Kory Honea said evac­uees had to aban­don their ve­hi­cles as they fled the scene.

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