Three wildfires raged through California on Friday, destroying thousands of structures and forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their towns.
In northern California, the Camp Fire, reportedly named by local officials, almost completely destroyed the community of Paradise, fire captain Scott McLean told the Associated Press.
The fires reportedly started after windy conditions swept through the state, creating high fire danger.
On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Butte County for the northernmost Camp Fire, which is expected to burn for multiple days. He also requested federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a letter to President Donald Trump asking for a presidential emergency declaration.
On Friday, mandatory evacuation orders for the Malibu and Santa Monica areas affected by the Woolsey Fire were issued. Malibu Search and Rescue tweeted, „Do not wait!“
Here’s what you need to know about the devastating fires.
On Thursday, the Camp Fire traveled 18,000 acres to Paradise, California — growing at the rate of nearly 80 football fields per minute.
Over 2,200 firefighters are reportedly on the ground in Butte County, where thick smoke has slowed evacuation efforts.
40,000 residents in the county were forced to flee, around 1,000 structures have been destroyed, and 70,000 acres have been burned.
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