Video Shows The Terrifying Drive To Escape Massive Fire In Paradise, California

Posted November 10, 2018

By nightfall, it had consumed more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers) and firefighters had no containment on the blaze, McLean said.

The massive blaze that hit Paradise spread north Friday, prompting officials to order the evacuation of Stirling City and Inskip, two communities north of Paradise along the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Images of the Hill Fire burning in Ventura County.

The fire has exploded to over 20,000 acres and there is no containment.

Cal Fire Captain - John Gaddie - said the town of just 27,000 was "destroyed" by the flames. "Every day we have the potential for these large, damaging, destructive and deadly wildland fires. we need the public to continue to listen to the message".

Butte County CalFire Chief Darren Read said Thursday the destruction in the town of Paradise could be upward of a thousand structures. Many homes have propane tanks that were exploding amid the flames.

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Cal Fire spokesman Scott McClean said the fire is burning toward the city of Chico but he's "not necessarily" concerned the fire will breach the city limits.

The combination of dry conditions and high winds are making this a particularly hard fire to fight.

It's estimated that about 1,000 building and homes have already been destroyed in Paradise, and while multiple deaths have been reported the exact number of fatalities has yet to be verified, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea . "People were abandoning their cars and running with their babies and kids".

Flames burn inside a van as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

"It's a worst-case scenario", Bass said.

People posted photos on Twitter of missing seniors. Visibility is nearly zero at times due to the smoke an ash. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said.

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A nurse called Rita Miller on Thursday morning, telling her she had to get her disabled mother, who lives a few blocks away, and flee Paradise immediately.

With a week or more until rain falls in the affected areas, the wildfire may very well reach the nearby town of Chico, which has over 93,000 citizens.

"Most of them were immobile, with walkers or spouses that were bedridden, so we were trying to get additional units to come and try and help us, just taking as many as we could", he said. Herrera, who lives in Paradise with her 88-year-old husband Lou Herrera, left a frantic voicemail at around 9:30 a.m. saying they needed to get out.

This photo taken from video provided by CBS2/KCAL9 shows a wildfire burning in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday afternoon, November 8, 2018. At least 70,000 acres have been burned in the Camp Fire thus far, and it is only 5 percent contained.

"We grabbed our animals and some food and some clothes and we're getting the heck out of here", one man said. "We're anxious sick. They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

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