Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Raging Wildfire Prompts Complete Evacuation of Malibu City in California

Raging Wildfire Prompts Complete Evacuation of Malibu City in California

During the height of the blaze, firefighters completely surrendered firefighting duties in order to focus on rescuing people.

The fires in Southern California forced approximately 250,000 people from their homes. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said a "significant number" of homes had been destroyed by the flames but that an accurate count could not yet be made. "All residents evacuate now", the city said via Twitter. Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames.

Rural areas fared little better.

Vaughan and her husband had just fled their home as flames rushed them.

"Anything to bring more attention to Paradise".

'We never heard from them again, ' Ms Lee said.

Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge were among thousands fleeing from their homes in and around Malibu on Friday, as the fast-moving wildfire forced evacuations from the celebrity-packed area.

The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise evacuated staff and 41 patients to other hospitals, given its close proximity to the fire, said Jill Kinney, an Adventist Health spokeswoman.

The winds calmed down in the valley, but they were still shifting and erratic, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) along ridge tops, he said. She captured photos of low-hanging black smoke stretching for miles as she and her boyfriend evacuated Paradise.

The video resembles nothing more than a terrifying escape from Hell.

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The authorities have issued mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders for Los Angeles's West Hills area.

'Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming, ' he said.

An AFP photographer on the scene saw houses enveloped in flames, while others had already been reduced to ashes and cars burned to husks. "There's not going to be any relief in this firefight", he said. But winds that drove the ferocious flames have eased. She instantly found herself stuck in gridlock. "My home is in jeopardy but. everything with a heartbeat is safe", she said. While walking, a stranger in the traffic jam rolled down her window and asked Miller if she needed help. Miller at first she scoffed at the notion of getting back in a stopped vehicle. The message I want to get out is: "If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate".

The blaze earlier ripped through Paradise, about 20 miles east of Chico. I'm assuming I lost my home.

The sheriff said there were two reported calls of looting, but no arrests and no actual sightings of looting.

"There are times when you have such rapid-moving fires ... no amount of planning is going to result in a ideal scenario, and that's what we had to deal with here", Honea told the Action News Network. The smoke was so thick, she said, it was like she was driving at night.

Malibu and the surrounding areas have been hit by many devastating wildfires over the years.

Officials were sending as many crews as they could gather, Carhart said.

The Camp Fire in Northern California is the most destructive blaze in state history in terms of structure loss, destroying more than 6,700 structures in two days, according to Cal Fire, the state's fire fighting agency.

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