Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Mismanagement of forests to blame for California fires

Mismanagement of forests to blame for California fires

At least five people have died in a massive wildfire raging in northern California, according to local authorities who were working on Friday to locate other potential victims.

At least 27,000 people in the town of Paradise about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco were ordered to flee.

In all, three major fires are burning across the state. Among those evacuated were all of the patients at the Feather River Hospital in Paradise.

"There was really no firefight involved", said Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, explaining that crews gave up attacking the flames and instead helped people evacuate.

Mark Ghilarducci provided the figure at a news briefing on Friday. Her deck provided a strong vantage point to monitor the spread of the fire.

With the area still reeling from the shooting at the Thousand Oaks bar, the Hill fire has spread to 10,000 acres, quickly shutting down the 101 Freeway.

Evacuation center locations, road closure and school closure information for the fires can be found on the Ventura County emergency page here.

Another fire to the west has burned more than 9 square miles in Ventura County but has slowed since reaching the footprint of a fire stripped away vegetation in 2013.

Celebrities were among those forced to flee, including Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian. One of them is just 5 per cent contained. West tweeted on Friday that "our family is safe and close".

Singer Cher, who has had a house in Malibu since 1972, also wrote: "I'm anxious about my house, but there is nothing I can do".

By 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Paradise resident Tanah Clunies-Ross said she could not see her auto from her front door through the cloud of smoke.

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An electric safety incident was reported by PG&E at about 6:15 a.m. Thursday near Pulga Road in Butte County, near where the Camp Fire started.

Where is the Camp Fire?

Flames from the unchecked, 20 000-acre (8 100-hectare) Camp Fire were being driven westward by 35-mile-per hour (56 km-per-hour) winds, fire officials said. Many homes have propane tanks that were exploding amid the flames. The flames moved so fast that some had to abandon their cars and escape the town on foot.

'It's a very risky and very serious situation, ' Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told The Associated Press.

"It was absolutely dark", said resident Mike Molloy, who said he made a decision based on the wind to leave Thursday morning, packing only the minimum and joining a sea of other vehicles.

"This event was the worst-case scenario". "It was the event we have feared for a long time". Residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said.

Walking among the ashes of people's lives is eerie and very bad.

And soon, going from ruin to ruin, there will be the sound of those with the hardest job of all, checking to see if anyone was left behind.

Some 95,000 residents have been evacuated in Ventura County alone, the county's fire department said on Twitter on Friday night.

The Woolsey Fire appeared to be the more unsafe of the two blazes, and was burning south through the Kanan Road corridor toward Malibu and the ocean. The largest fire in state history set Southern California ablaze in 2017.

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