Wildfire Devastates California Town of Paradise
Friday November 9, 2018. 03:45 PM , from Slashdot
A number of readers have shared this report: Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town and destroyed hundreds of structures. 'Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation,' said Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean late Thursday. 'The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out.' McLean estimated that a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town of 27,000 residents about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, where residents scrambled to flee. The extent of the injuries and specific damage count was not immediately known as officials could not access the dangerous area.
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