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Paradise, California, 'pretty much' destroyed as raging Camp Fire prompts evacuations

14:25, Friday, 09 November, 2018
Paradise, California, 'pretty much' destroyed as raging Camp Fire prompts evacuations

A wind-driven wildfire continues to threaten communities and prompt evacuations after consuming nearly the entire town of Paradise.

The Camp Fire ignited around 6:30 a.m. local time Thursday and has burned over 20,000 acres and is zero percent contained.

On Thursday afternoon, a state of emergency was declared in Butte County in response to the growing Camp Fire.

An evacuation order was issued for all of Paradise, home to over 27,000 people, where many had only minutes to flee the rapidly spreading blaze.

“Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it’s that kind of devastation,” Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said via the Associated Press (AP). “The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out.”

Paradise, California, 'pretty much' destroyed as raging Camp Fire prompts evacuations
Paradise, California, 'pretty much' destroyed as raging Camp Fire prompts evacuations

Paradise, California, 'pretty much' destroyed as raging Camp Fire prompts evacuations
Paradise, California, 'pretty much' destroyed as raging Camp Fire prompts evacuations

Paradise, California, 'pretty much' destroyed as raging Camp Fire prompts evacuations
Paradise, California, 'pretty much' destroyed as raging Camp Fire prompts evacuations

Paradise, California, 'pretty much' destroyed as raging Camp Fire prompts evacuations
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