Wild­fire rav­ages Cal­i­for­nia town

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

A fast-mov­ing wild­fire that rav­aged a North­ern Cal­i­for­nia town on Thurs­day sent res­i­dents rac­ing to es­cape on roads that turned into tun­nels of fire as thick smoke dark­ened the day­time sky, wip­ing out what a Cal Fire of­fi­cial said was a cou­ple of thou­sand struc­tures. Har­row­ing tales of es­cape and heroic res­cues emerged from Par­adise, where the en­tire com­mu­nity of 27,000 was or­dered to evac­u­ate. Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing homes, super­mar­kets, restau­rants, schools and a re­tire­ment home up in flames.

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