Par­adise turns to Hell as Camp Fire moves through

The Dominion Post - - World -

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple fled a fast-mov­ing wild­fire yes­ter­day in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, some clutch­ing ba­bies and pets as they aban­doned ve­hi­cles and struck out on foot ahead of the Camp Fire flames that forced the evac­u­a­tion of an en­tire town and de­stroyed hun­dreds of struc­tures.

Ev­ery­one in Par­adise, a com­mu­nity of 27,000 peo­ple about 290 kilo­me­tres north­east of San Fran­cisco, was or­dered to get out. The ex­tent of the in­juries and dam­age was not im­me­di­ately known. Butte County CalFire Chief Dar­ren Read said at a news con­fer­ence that two fire­fight­ers and mul­ti­ple res­i­dents were in­jured.

As she fled, Gina Oviedo de­scribed a dev­as­tat­ing scene in which flames en­gulfed homes, sparked ex­plo­sions and top­pled util­ity poles.

‘‘Things started ex­plod­ing,’’ Oviedo said. ‘‘Peo­ple started get­ting out of their ve­hi­cles and run­ning.’’

At a late af­ter­noon news con­fer­ence, Read said he had re­ports of sev­eral hun­dred de­stroyed struc­tures in Par­adise, but he cau­tioned that of­fi­cials had not been able to as­sess yet.

Of­fi­cials won’t have an ex­act count un­til they can get into the area, he said. An As­so­ci­ated Press pho­tog­ra­pher saw dozens of busi­nesses and homes lev­elled or in flames, in­clud­ing a liquor store and gas sta­tion. –AP A law­suit by a group of young Amer­i­cans against the US gov­ern­ment for be­ing slow to ad­dress cli­mate change is on hold again, af­ter a fed­eral ap­peals court granted the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s mo­tion for a tem­po­rary stay. The Ninth Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals, in grant­ing the tem­po­rary stay yes­ter­day, gave 15 days for the par­ties to re­spond to the ad­min­is­tra­tions pe­ti­tion for a writ of man­damus — a rarely used ju­di­cial ap­peal that asks a higher court to over­rule a lower one be­fore the con­clu­sion of a case. –AP


A vin­tage car rests among de­bris as the Camp Fire tears through Par­adise, Cal­i­for­nia, yes­ter­day.


A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Par­adise.

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