CA Wildfires Latest: 25 Dead; 174K Acres Burn, 250K Evacuate
May 8, 2020
The deadly California wildfires, fueled by strong winds and dry weather, have once again ripped through the Golden State killing at least 25 people, charring almost 175,000 acres, and destroying thousands of buildings. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been evacuated. Thousands of firefighters are working to battle the relentless flames of the three major fires.
The smoke and ash from the fires has made it hard to breathe and prompted air quality warnings across the state. Extreme fire conditions persist and fire officials ask residents to remain vigilant.
“If you see fire approaching, don’t wait to be told to leave,” Cal Fire said in a statement.
The Camp Fire started around 6:30 a.m. Thursday in Butte County, near Chico. By Thursday evening, the fire charred 20,000 acres and was zero percent contained. The deadly blaze has killed at least 23 people and has exploded to 100,000 acres, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. It is about 20 percent contained as of Saturday morning.
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Around 2 p.m. Thursday, the Hill Fire sparked in Southern California, in the Ventura County area. That blaze is about 25 percent contained. It has now burned more than 4,500 acres, according to Ventura County Fire. Evacuation orders in effect.
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The Woosley Fire erupted Thursday afternoon in Ventura County. The 70,000-acre fire has zero percent containment as of Saturday morning. The blaze has destroyed at least 150 homes. More than 200,000 residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have evacuated due to the fire. On Saturday, officials said at a press conference that two people were found dead in the fire area in Malibu.
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Many in California are left with nothing, their homes reduced to heaping piles of ash and charred remnants of their belongings. However, there are ways to help the fire victims. (Get Patch real-time email alerts for the latest news from your California neighborhood. Also, download the free Patch iPhone app or free Patch Android app. Also, be sure to follow your local Patch on Facebook!)
How To Help Victims Of California Wildfires
Here is a roundup of the main fires burning in California:
Camp Fire, Butte County (more info…) Paradise • 100,000 acres, 20% contained • Evacuations and road closures in effect • CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 (Russell) assigned
Hill Fire, Ventura County (more info…) Santa Rosa Valley • 4,531 acres, 25% contained • Evacuations and road closures in effect • CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Parkes) assigned. IMT#5 managing both Hill and Woolsey fires
Woolsey Fire, Ventura County (more info…) South of Simi Valley • 70,000 acres, 0% contained • Evacuations and road closures in effect • CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Parkes) assigned. IMT#5 managing both Hill and Woolsey fires
Brushy Fire, Mendocino County (more info…)
West of Covelo • 35 acres, 50% contained
Photo: PARADISE, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Cars sit on the lot of a used car dealership that was destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 9, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise and has quickly charred 70,000 acres and has destroyed numerous homes and businesses in a matter of hours. The fire is currently at five percent containment. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images