Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate as three fast-moving wildfires are raging across both Northern and Southern California.
The Camp Fire started near Camp Creek on Thursday and has been raging since then.
40,000 residents have been forced to evacuate in Butte County, California, after the Camp Fire broke out early Thursday. It's now growing at a rate of about 80 football fields per minute. https://t.co/TlJPMzRiFe pic.twitter.com/i3V4HSF2ug
— CNN (@CNN) November 9, 2018
While the full extent of the destruction is not yet known, however, authorities believe that up to 1,000 structures have been destroyed and multiple injuries have been reported by both civilians and firefighters, two Cal Fire spokesmen told media.
Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the area and has requested federal funds to help those impacted by wildfires in the state.
Celebrity Kim Kardashian West also posted a video on her Instagram story on Thursday showing fires raging below. She wrote the caption: “Pray for Calabasas. Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home. I pray everyone is safe.”
It is also reported that an entire town of Northern California, Paradise, has been “pretty much” destroyed.
“Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it’s that kind of devastation,” said Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean, adding: “The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out.”
Pacific Gas & Electric Company shut off power to some customers in the area and suspended natural gas service to Paradise due to the fire, the AP reported.
Harrowing footage captures family fleeing from the massive #CampFire as flames consumed the town of Paradise in Northern California.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 9, 2018