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Thousands evacuated over fast-moving California wildfire

Thousands evacuated over fast-moving California wildfire
November 09
14:37 2018

(UTV|COLOMBO) – Thousands of residents are evacuating areas in Northern California as an uncontained wildfire races towards several towns in the Sierra foothills.

The Camp Fire, which started early on Thursday near Camp Creek, has been fuelled by strong winds and dry forest.

Neighbourhoods, schools and hospitals have been evacuated while some residents in the town of Paradise were trapped by the flames, officials say.

Authorities said there are unconfirmed reports of casualties.

The Camp Fire has burned through 20,000 acres as of Thursday afternoon, local time, according to California Fire officials.

As winds approached 50mph (80km/h), causing the fire to grow rapidly in just a few hours, some residents were forced to abandon vehicles and escape on foot, local media reported.

A group of U.S. Forest Service firefighters monitor a back fire while battling to save homes at the Camp Fire in Paradise
Image captionFirefighters have had to rescue residents who fled on foot
Patients are quickly evacuated from the Feather River Hospital as it burns down during the Camp fire in Paradise
Image captionPatients have been evacuated from a local hospital which is believed to have burned down
Embers blow in the wind as the Camp Fire burns a KFC restaurant
Image captionThe rapid and uncontained wildlife consumed this KFC restaurant

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