PG&E: Transmission Line Issue Happened Near Origin Of Camp Fire

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

Hundreds of homes destroyed by California wildfire, deaths reported

All told, Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Office of Emergency Services, says the three wildfires have forced more than 150,000 people to evacuate their homes across the state. The fire has grown to almost 110 square miles.

As the Woolsey Fire made its way across Ventura County, it burned around the Santa Susana Field Lab, a site that has been considered "significantly contaminated" by decades of rocket and nuclear reactor testing and a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959.

They show the charred remains of homes and cars in Paradise, where at least nine people were killed by the flames.

A day after a Northern California wildfire forced tens of thousands to evacuate, dozens of people are unaccounted for and relatives are flooding social media with desperate pleas for help finding them.

A vintage vehicle rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018.

Blome drove through the town with a man named Fred, crying, pointing out Sam's Liquor, Safeway, McDonald's, the church, the tire shop, the vehicle wash, apartments, her doctor's office, the bowling alley, a hotel, the veterinarian - all of which had gone up in flames. Many homes have propane tanks that were exploding amid the flames. She said a group of 20 other patients were initially evacuated but then returned to the facility because of gridlocked traffic.

Evacuation orders are in place for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley while hundreds of firefighters battle the blaze.

In the midst of the chaos, officials said they could not provide figures on the number of wounded, but County Cal Fire Chief Darren Read said that at least two firefighters and multiple residents were injured.

Cinders crawled along the ground and up trees as she fled with her mother and grandmother. "It can't be there anymore".

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The Chico Elks Lodge at 1705 Manzanita Ave. has been opened as an emergency shelter, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

The Concow School sent its 60 students home, but many faculty members are anxious about their homes, said Golden Feather Union Elementary School District Superintendent Josh Peete. "It was the event we have feared for a long time". "We tried to get all the nondigital things that we could - you know, stuff that couldn't be replaced", Peete said. Right now, 500 firefighters are working to put out the conflagration, with support from 100 other law enforcement officials.

By evening, the Camp Fire had traveled much of the six miles toward Chico.

With limited escape routes from the town, traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock, with residents abandoning vehicles and running from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said.

Ventura County Fire Capt. Brian McGrath said the front of the fire was still burning toward the coast and had grown rapidly overnight.

The American Red Cross has notified the City that the nearest evacuation center for residents of Malibu is expected to be at Palisades High School (15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272).

"We had to drive through flames to make it out safely", she said. Gusts have reached speeds of 65 miles per hour.

"Imminent threat!" the department said in its warning.

The wind-driven blaze also spread to the west and reached the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000 people.

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