Five die in their ve­hi­cles as wild­fires sweep through Cal­i­for­nia

Yorkshire Post - - UK & ABROAD -

FIVE PEO­PLE have been killed in a south­ern Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire as an­other blaze rag­ing in the north of the state trig­gered a manda­tory evac­u­a­tion or­der for much of Mal­ibu.

The vic­tims’ bod­ies were found in ve­hi­cles torched by the flames in the town of Par­adise, north east of San Fran­cisco. A sep­a­rate wild­fire north west of Los An­ge­les has roared south, jump­ing the US 101 free­way early on Fri­day and sweep­ing into the Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains.

The beach­side town of Mal­ibu, known as the home of many Hol­ly­wood stars, has about 13,000 res­i­dents and lies along 21 miles of coast at the south­ern foot of the moun­tain range.

Los An­ge­les County Fire De­part­ment tweeted that the fire is head­ing to­wards the ocean, punc­tu­at­ing the mes­sage with the dec­la­ra­tion: “Im­mi­nent threat!”

Mal­ibu of­fi­cials ini­tially said the or­der ap­plied to the en­tire city but have now de­fined an area that is ap­prox­i­mately the west­ern two-thirds of the com­mu­nity.The di­rec­tor of the Cal­i­for­nia Gover­nor’s Of­fice of Emer­gency Ser­vices says an­other fire in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia has claimed lives.

Mark Ghi­lar­ducci said the num­ber of deaths was not known. He said there are also in­juries.

A fire of­fi­cial said the blaze in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia nearly quadru­pled in size overnight.

Cap­tain Scott McLean of the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion said the fire near the town of Par­adise has grown to nearly 110 square miles. The blaze has dev­as­tated the town of 27,000 peo­ple and is mov­ing north into Sierra Nevada foothill com­mu­ni­ties.

Butte County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said an evac­u­a­tion or­dered had been is­sued for the small com­mu­ni­ties of Stir­ling City and In­skip.

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