Paradise Destroyed by Camp Fire: List & Photos of Businesses


The fire broke out near Thousand Oaks, an area about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles where an attacker killed 12 people on Wednesday, prompting the evacuation of 75,000 homes.

The fire had crossed USA 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks - the site of Wednesday night's bar shooting massacre - and was headed south to the Pacific coast, in the direction of Malibu Creek State Park and Malibu city, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the USA 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

Yesterday, the Northern California city of Paradise, a retirement community of 27,000 located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and home to two Assemblies of God churches, was evacuated due to the approaching Camp Fire.

The threat continues Friday morning, with millions of Californians under "red flag" warningsportending windy, arid and warm conditions that pose extreme fire risks.

(UPDATE: Nov. 10, 2018 @ 11:55 a.m.) - While much of the information reported this morning on the Camp Fire remains the same, there are now confirmed fatalities from the blaze.

The challenging fire conditions are expected to continue Friday in Southern California where wind alerts and red flag warnings have been issued and wind gusts could reach 70 miles per hour and relative humidity could be as low as 2 percent.

"The wind is definitely pushing this thing toward the ocean just like the Springs Fire a few years ago", Ventura County fire captain Brian McGrath told the Los Angeles Times.

The flames are now threatening coastal areas further south, fire officials said.

Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

The fast-moving Camp Wildfire in northern California has already destroyed 70,000 acres since erupting on Thursday.

"I was frantic", she told the NY Daily News.

Fire departments from surrounding counties sent their forces to Butte County, noting that over 2,300 personnel were on hand to combat the blaze and help victims.

Tens of thousands of people are under mandatory evacuation orders and Palley says that the fires in the Santa Monica Mountains, above Malibu, have developed so fast that numerous roads there have become impassable even to firefighters.

Elsewhere, the Hill Fire in Ventura County's Santa Rosa Valley had charred about 6,000 acres (2,428 hectares) as of Friday evening, according to Cal Fire. There is now 0 percent containment.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said Friday firefighters are focused on saving lives and are still rescuing people from fires.

Gov. -elect Gavin Newsom issued an emergency proclamation Friday for L.A. and Ventura counties. Based on the estimated number of structures destroyed in this fire, it will become one for the record books as one of the most destructive fires in California history. He called me as he was driving south on the Pacific Coast Highway, headed from Oxnard to Malibu. Area hospitals have evacuated and all of Butte County schools are closed Friday.

Calabasas city officials advised residents not under mandatory evacuation orders to prepare to leave by gathering their IDs, medications, important documents, emergency supplies and a change of clothes. The fire has burned approximately 20,000 acres and several thousand buildings, and forced the evacuation of all 30,000 residents.