A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.
PARADISE, California-A fast-moving wildfire roared through a Northern California town on November 8, with reports of fatalities as it engulfed dozens of buildings and tens of thousands of people fled the flames, police and state authorities said.
En route to her sister's house in Chico, she told CNN she didn't have high hopes that her home survived: "It's probably gone already".
Homes, hospitals and schools were destroyed in the town of Paradise.
Concerned friends and family posted frantic messages on Twitter and other sites saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone.
Evacuations were also directed for all of Paradise, which is home to almost 27,000 residents, and nearby Pulga due to the Camp Fire, according to news reports. Emergency crews were working to help people evacuate there, he said.
Officials were sending as many firefighters as they could, Cal Fire spokesperson Rick Carhart said.
Strong blustery winds are combining with dry conditions, after weeks without rain and low humidity at the height of the wildfire season in north California.
"There's nothing much left standing", he said.
The conditions there are bone dry and erratic winds with speeds ranging from 20 to 55 miles per hour are rapidly fanning the flames. Another one was also up in flames, and the other led in the direction of the wildfire. "She was finally able to get through there and I think they closed it right before she got out".
The region has grappled with serious wildfires - including the worst in the state's history, the Mendocino and Thomas fires - on and off since 2017.
Numerous buildings have been destroyed in Paradise and an unspecified number of people injured, Gaddie said. In August, the Mendocino Complex fire became the largest wildfire ever recorded in the state, eventually burning more than 400,000 acres.
Just 12 minutes after it started Thursday afternoon, the flames spread across the 101 Freeway leaving several drivers temporarily stranded. The warning will remain in effect until Friday morning, officials said.
Fire officials anticipate the fire would reach the Pacific Ocean.
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A set of brushfires lashed Ventura County, prompting mandatory evacuations across Ventura and Los Angeles counties.