Tens of thou­sands flee fast-mov­ing wild­fire

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

PAR­ADISE | Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple were or­dered to evac­u­ate a fast­mov­ing 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.

Butte County sher­iff’s spokes­woman Mi­randa Bow­er­sox said that all of Par­adise, a town of about 27,000 peo­ple 180 miles north­east of San Fran­cisco, was or­dered to evac­u­ate.

Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart said the wild­fire was re­ported at 6:30 a.m. and af­fected about 30,000 peo­ple in the towns of Par­adise, Con­cow and other small com­mu­ni­ties.

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