‘God help us!’ A pair of California wildfires are raging out of control

‘God help us!’ A pair of California wildfires are raging out of control (Source usatoday.com) A fast-growing wildfire forced tens of thousands of residents from their homes in northern California on Thursday. The Camp Fire has scorched over 28 square miles in Butte County, which is about 90 miles north of Sacramento, according to Cal Fire. By Thursday afternoon, fire officials said people have been injured and structures have been destroyed in the fire, though further details were not available. Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Butte County, where the fire is burning about 80 acres per minute, according to UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain. That’s equal to about 60 football fields per minute. “This fire is very dangerous, please evacuate if asked to do so!”, Cal Fire officials said on Twitter. Dozens of resources were being called in from throughout the state. An evacuation order was issued for areas of Paradise, a town of about 27,000 people, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said. Fire officials said firefighters were working to access the area as the blaze continued to spread. A second significant wildfire, spurred by strong Santa Ana winds across Ventura County, flared up amid red-flag warnings later Thursday in Southern California.


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