Why the California wildfires are spreading so quickly

Frederick Owens
November 10, 2018

The 8100 hectare Camp Fire, which started on Thursday near Camp Creek, has destroyed the town of Paradise, where at least five people were killed.

The fire has burned an estimated 2,000 structures and led authorities to order the evacuation of 52,000 people.

The fast-moving Camp Fire has been fanned by strong winds to scorch 20,000 acres and has not been contained, the California Fire Department (Cal Fire) said.

U.S. Forest Service firefighters from Utah are already assisting on two other fires, the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire, burning in California.

To the west in Ventura County, Moorpark College is closed due to the impacts of fire and Wednesday night's deadly mass shooting in nearby Thousand Oaks.

"Our scientists and toxicologists have reviewed information about the fire's location and do not believe the fire has caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exposed to the smoke", the statement read.

Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Dave Richardson says 45,000 people in Ventura County and 43,000 more in Los Angeles County were ordered to evacuate overnight.

On Friday, the flames jumped the highway and headed into coastal areas.

At midday on Friday local time, it covered about 5665 hectares.

"Had he not put out that fire, I would not have made it to the auto", she said. "Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home".

Actress Alyssa Milano, one of Kardashian's neighbors in Calabasas, wrote on Twitter that she was also evacuated. My family is evacuated and safe.

Mrs Herrera, who lives in Paradise with her 88-year-old husband Lou left a frantic voicemail to family saying they needed to get out.

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The hills and canyons of Southern California are lovely, but they can make it hard for firefighters to gain access to wildfires.

According to Allen, Thursday morning the Camp Fire was reported at 5,000 acres. That has created what Redding TV meteorologist Rob Elvington called "unprecedented" conditions for this time of year, providing ample fuel for the Camp Fire to run wild. More than 6,700 homes and businesses were destroyed and residents fled for their lives.

Flames have moved so quickly there's not a lot firefighters can do.

The Butte County Sheriff's office said the victims had been burned to death in their cars and could not immediately be identified.

Another 35 people had been reported missing and three firefighters had been injured.

"This event was the worst-case scenario". It's enough to make one wonder how much longer we can keep building in harm's way.

With the Camp Fire still raging, Butte County school officials have chose to close all public schools until at least after the Thanksgiving break.

"It was absolutely dark", said resident Mike Molloy, who said he made a split decision based on the wind to leave Thursday morning, packing only the minimum and joining a sea of other vehicles.

Driven by hot desert winds, the wildfire raced into Paradise, devouring the equivalent of 80 football pitches a minute.

Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

Many abandoned their cars on the side of the road, fleeing on foot.

Numerous people reported missing on social media are elderly.

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