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In less than a day, a deadly fire broke out in a California city

PARADISE, California (AP) – Not a single resident of Paradise can be seen anywhere in the city after most of them fled the burning Northern California community that could have been lost forever. Abandoned, charred vehicles crowded the main road, proving that the evacuation panicked a day earlier. Most buildings are in ruins. Whole neighborhoods are leveled. The business district is destroyed. In a single day, this Sierra Nevada suburb, with its 27,000 inhabitants, founded in the 1800s, was largely burned by flames that moved so fast that the firefighters could do nothing. Just one day after it had begun, the fire that began outside the hilly city of Paradise on Friday had grown to nearly 140 square kilometers (360 square kilometers), destroying more than 6,700 buildings, almost all homes, causing it a devastating forest fire in California since the beginning of the recording. Nine people were found dead, some in their cars and others outside of vehicles or homes after a desperate evacuation that Butte County called Sheriff Kory Honea a "worst-case scenario." Their identities were not known yet. "We're afraid of that for a long time," Honea Zeit said, knocking on the residents' doors. With fires in Southern California, state officials are burning the total number of people forced out of their homes to over 200,000. The evacuation orders spanned the entire city of Malibu, home to 13,000 people, including some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
The burnt-out piles of cars that have left their drivers are sitting on a road in Paradise, California on Friday, November 9, 2018. A huge wildfire swept through the area on Thursday, and the streets were so clogged with vehicles that some drivers drove their cars and ran to escape the flames. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli) President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration in which he provided federal funds for the districts of Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles. The fire in paradise, about 290 kilometers northeast of San Francisco, still burned out of control on Friday. A dense, yellow haze hung in the air and seemed like twilight in the middle of the day. Some of the "majestic oaks" that the city offers on their website are still burning in their trunks. Thick wooden posts holding guardrails continued to burn. In the morning of the morning, the evacuation order triggered a desperate exodus that left many desperate drivers stuck in traffic jam. Many put up their vehicles to flee on foot as the flames descended from all sides. "The fire was so close that I could feel it in my car through collapsed windows," said Rita Miller, who had fled Paradise with her disabled mother. The city Perched on a ridge between two valleys, this was a popular age community, where elderly and immobile residents reported missing were concerned. On the outskirts of the city, Patrick Knuthson, a fourth-generation resident, said only two of the 22 houses that once stood on his street are still there – his and a neighbor's. "The fire burned from one house to the next, until the next house, until they were all gone," Knuthson said. He worked side by side with neighbors all night, made a fire line with a backhoe, and decided not to lose his house this time. "I lost my home in 2008, and you can only describe that when you leave," Knuthson said, fighting eight meters or more against the flames as strong winds blasted hot embers. He worked so long in the flames and in the smoke that he had to use oxygen at home on Thursday night, but he refused to leave. On Friday Knuthson was covered from head to toe with black soot. His little town will never be the same, he said. The rural landscape with laurel and oak trees will take years to recover. Nicolas Church is still standing, a rare exception. The nearby New Life Church is gone. A flawless Burger King sign rises above a pile of charred debris. The metal tables are the only recognizable things under the sign of the pizzeria of Mama Celeste. Behind the Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant are only blackened rubble that draw attention to its sushi. Of the Mercedes specialists of Ernst Mercedes only seven blown Mercedes chassis are left. City Hall has survived. The buildings of the Moose Lodge and the Chamber of Commerce are not. The city's 100-bed hospital is still standing, but two of its smaller buildings, including an ambulance, are flattened. The Adventist Feather River Hospital evacuated its 60 patients in a frenzied rush when the evacuation order arrived on Thursday morning. Some were pushed back from clogged roads, but eventually all came in dramatic ways, in part. At the edge of paradise, Krystin Harvey lost her motorhome. She has described a city with historic charm until a day ago. "It was an old country town. It had lined up the old buildings along the sidewalk, "she said. "Nearly all stores were locally owned and included a selection of antique shops, thrift stores, small restaurants, two bars and many churches." Harvey wondered if the city's traditions would survive. The city was famous for discovering a 54-pound gold nugget in the 19th century, which eventually triggered a festival called the Gold Nugget Days. The highlight of the festival is a parade with a gold nugget queen. "My daughter is going out for the Gold Nugget Queen this year," Harvey said, then paused. "Well, it has been going on for 100 years, but we do not know – now there is no city." The people of Paradise, like so many in California, got used to forest fires and many said they were well prepared. They kept their gutters clean, some kept pumps in their pools and had fire hoses. But the ferocity and speed of this flame overwhelmed these preparations. Depressed, warmer weather, due to climate change and housing in the forests, has led to more destructive forest fires that started earlier and last longer. Just 100 miles north of Paradise, the Californian history's sixth most devastating wildfire hit in July and August and was also one of the first. Called the Carr Fire near Redding, it killed eight people, burned about 1,100 homes, and consumed 9,227 square miles before being held back. Paradise councilwoman Melissa Schuster lost her 16-acre Chapelle de L & # 39; Artiste retreat to a chic estate with a chapel, a pond and a pool. But on Friday she clung to two furry glimmers of hope: Shyann and Twinkle Star Heart. "Our lamas," she said. "Somehow they did it." Schuster said they had stopped attaching a trailer to the animals and fled their three cats on Thursday with their three cats when the day turned pitch black when fire broke. "It's Paradise". She said. "It has always been a paradise, and we will bring it back." ___ Associated Press authors Don Thompson in Chico and Jocelyn Gecker, Janie Har, Martha Mendoza, Daisy Nguyen, Olga R. Rodriguez and Sudhin Thanawala in San Francisco contributed to this report.
Cathy Fallon responds as she stands near the burnt remains of her home on Friday, November 9, 2018 in Paradise, California. "I'll be damned if I let these horses burn in the fire," said Fallon, who has stayed on her property to protect her 14 horses, all of which have survived. (AP Photo / John Locher)
Abandoned vehicles line Skyway after a forest fire that was burned on Friday, November 9, 2018 by Paradise, California. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)
A vehicle of the California Highway Patrol passes on Friday, November 9, 2018, a vehicle that was destroyed by a wildfire in Paradise, California. The wind-swept fires have destroyed blocks of flats and other property in the northern California town of Paradise. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli)
This Shortwave Infrared Image (SWIR) provided by DigitalGlobe shows an area around the Concow Reservoir in the center, which is surrounded by active fires, including in and around Magalia, on the left in northern California, on November 9, 2018. SWIR images may Smoke penetrate and detect fires according to DigitalGlobe. Healthy vegetation appears blue. Burned areas appear orange / yellow and active fire lines are lit. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
Officer Randy Law is in the grip of a rescued horse as wildfire sets in on Friday, November 9, 2018, in Paradise, California. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)
Cathy Fallon wipes her face with her son Gabriel Fallon as she stands near the charred remains of her home in Paradise, California, on Friday, November 9, 2018: "I'll be damned if I put these horses in the burned down lodge will burn fire, "said Fallon, who stayed on their property to protect their 14 horses." It must be true love. "All horses survived. (AP Photo / John Locher)
Sonoma Valley firefighters inspect burned-out cars to ensure there's no human remains after a quarter-fire on Friday, November 9, 2018, in Paradise, California. (AP Photo / John Locher)
A Sonoma Valley firefighter inspects burned-out cars to make sure there are no human remains, Friday, November 9, 2018, in Paradise, California (AP Photo / John Locher).
Firefighters are making sure that the flames do not spread through the Shadowbrook apartment complex when a wildfire is burning on Friday, November 9, 2018, at Paradise, California. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)
A burned vehicle will be on sale at a used car dealer on Friday, November 9, 2018, after a wild fire has been burned in Paradise, California. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)
The walls of a scorched antique shop stand on Skyway after a wildfire was burned by Paradise, California on Friday, November 9, 2018. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)
A cross is under the rubble of the Lutheran Church Our Redeemer Friday, November 9, 2018, in Paradise, California (California). The church was destroyed by wildfire on Thursday. The authorities have confirmed that at least six people died in the fire, which consumed more than 70,000 hectares of land and destroyed at least 2,000 buildings. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli)
On Friday, November 9, 2018, in Paradise, California, there are three wildfire-damaged cars in a burned-out home. The authorities have confirmed that at least six people died in the fire, which consumed more than 70,000 hectares of land and destroyed at least 2,000 structures. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli)
Hospital beds and other equipment are in a parking lot in front of Feather River Hospital on Friday, November 9, 2018 in Paradise, California. The patients were evacuated from the hospital before a huge forest fire burned through the area on Thursday. A building was burned in the fire, but the firemen could stop the flame before doing any further damage. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli) We currently accept no comments on this product.


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