Some 30,000 people have been evacuated by the fire declared on Thursday morning in northern California (USA), which in recent hours has devastated the town of Paradise, where homes and public buildings such as churches and schools have been completely swallowed by the flames
The fire has already burned more than 8,000 hectares in less than 24 hours and continues to advance driven by the dryness of the terrain and the strong winds that blow in the area, according to the latest data from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection of the state, Calfire.
At the moment there is no record of any deceased, but there are several missing and multiple people have suffered serious burns.
Throughout Thursday, the small towns of Pulga, Magalia and Concow in Butte County were evacuated, in addition to the town of Paradise, which has about 26,000 inhabitants, and the rural areas of Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley.
Early on Friday local authorities issued eviction orders for parts of the city of Chico, of 90,000 inhabitants and where the flames are moving.
The affected area is 140 kilometers away from the capital of California, Sacramento, and about 280 kilometers from the San Francisco Bay area, as far as the smoke from the fire, Efe was able to confirm.
The Town Councilman of Paradise Scott Lotter, who evacuated the town with his family, told The Sacramento Bee newspaper that "the whole town is on fire" and described a scenario of "horror and chaos" with the roads collapsed by traffic and abandoned cars.
The fire, baptized as "Camp Fire", was declared early Thursday and spread quickly through a very dry ground and with the help of strong winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour that blow today in that area.
The acting governor of California, Gavin Newsom, asked the federal government for an emergency presidential statement that would unlock additional physical and financial resources for the affected area.
Grave fires in California are becoming more frequent and violent, as evidenced by the fact that, according to the official record dating back to 1932, four of the five most destructive fires in the history of the state have occurred in the last six years. years.
In September, firefighters took control of the Mendocino Complex fire, which has been active since July and is considered the largest documented fire in California's history.