A series of fast-moving wildfires is racing Friday up and down California, destroying thousands of structures and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate through flame-lined streets, CNN reports.
Two fires are just miles from the bar where 12 people were killed in a mass shooting in Southern California’s Thousand Oaks, and part of that city has been evacuated.
And a blaze in Northern California sent terrified residents running for their lives as it closed in and destroyed parts of the town of Paradise, near Chico.
Fanned by high winds and low humidity, the fires spread rapidly Thursday and overnight into Friday. The threat continues Friday morning, with millions of Californians under “red flag” warnings portending windy, arid and warm conditions that pose extreme fire risks.
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We have made it out of town but it was a scary AF trip. I cannot believe this new town that I have fallen madly in love with is on fire. There is a beautiful church with a tiny vineyard and I saw the fire creeping close to it. I love this town so much. I haven’t felt so much at home since I was a kid growing up in Broken Arrow, OK. . #oakpark #thousandoaks #fire
Fire officials anticipate the fire will reach the Pacific Ocean.