At least five dead as town burns and 150,000 flee raging infernos
than 20 million people were under red flag alerts last night – facing a threat of “extreme fire behaviour”. One blaze – Camp Fire, in Butte County, in the north of the state – had grown to 70,000 acres yesterday. The five bodies in the Butte County town of Paradise had been found in gutted vehicles in the same area of town.
Sheriff-coroner Kory Honea said: “Due to the burn injuries, identification could not be immediately made.”
Paradise resident Whitney Vaughn said that as people were driving out of town many abandoned their vehicles, “running with babies and kids”.
She added: “Someone rammed our vehicle. There were no firefighters in sight and I am hoping all of these people made it out.”
Yesterday worried keepers at LA Zoo were beginning to evacuate the animals.
Woolsey Fire, which is threatening Ventura and Los Angeles counties, had grown to 12,000 acres by morning.
The blaze is one of two burning just miles from the site of Wednesday night’s gun tragedy in Thousand Oaks.
The other uncontrollable blaze – Hill Fire – torched 10,000 acres in six hours.
Jason Bauer helped his parents flee Bell Canyon in Ventura County. He said: “The flames just came out of nowhere.”
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