Paradise, CA, All But Lost in Fast-Moving Fire

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Paradise, CA was ravished by wildfires yesterday. “Day turned into night quickly”, said Scott McLean of Cal Fire who battled the fire. It’s estimated that eighty percent of the town was wiped out. McLean said it was hard to estimate because,

“You have to understand it’s a battlefield out there.”

He explained: there’s no infrastructure left, highways are gone, side roads destroyed, PGE is working in the area & burned-out vehicles blocking access need to be moved. The fire moved incredibly fast. At one point, it’s estimated it was moving at ‘eighty football fields’ every minute. Air-quality alerts are in place in the Bay Area. In some places the measure of the air quality soared past 180. At least two schools in the North Bay have been closed: Santa Rosa and Petaluma.

-KGO radio news, images- top, thetimescouk of ‘Paradise Lost’, bottom, getty images