Thou­sands flee North­ern Cal­i­for­nia fire

Star-Telegram - - News/Obituaries -

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple fled a fast-mov­ing wild­fire Thurs­day, some clutch­ing ba­bies and pets as they aban­doned ve­hi­cles on foot to es­cape fast-mov­ing flames in an area sev­eral hours north of San Fran­cisco.

Ev­ery­one in Par­adise, a com­mu­nity of 27,000 peo­ple about 180 miles north­east of San Fran­cisco, was or­dered to get out.

Butte County CalFire Chief Dar­ren Read said Thurs­day the destruc­tion in the town of Par­adise could be up­ward of a thou­sand struc­tures, but of­fi­cials say they won’t have an ex­act count un­til they can get into the area.

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