9 die in Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World - AFP let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Nine peo­ple died and over 150,000 were evac­u­ated on Fri­day as fierce wild­fires raged across Cal­i­for­nia, with one blaze threat­en­ing the re­sort of Mal­ibu.

All of the fa­tal­i­ties were re­ported in a mas­sive in­ferno in the town of Par­adise, where the en­tire pop­u­la­tion of 26,000 was or­dered to leave, of­fi­cials said.

The fast mov­ing blaze, known as the Camp Fire, be­gan on Thurs­day morn­ing. Fanned by strong winds, it has scorched 70,000 acres and has not been con­tained, the Cal­i­for­nia Fire Depart­ment said.

Two other fires broke out in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, one in Ven­tura County near Thou­sand

PAR­ADISE:

Oaks.

Res­i­dents who es­caped Par­adise shared videos as they drove through tun­nels of swirling smoke and orange flames to out­run the wild­fire.

More than 2,200 fire­fight­ers were bat­tling the blaze, backed up by he­li­copters and wa­ter tankers.

AFP

A wild­fire ap­proaches homes in Mal­ibu on Fri­day.

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