A raging wildfire has burned the town of Paradise, California to the ground

Three wildfires raged through California this weekend, destroying thousands of structures and forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their towns.

In northern California, the Camp Fire, reportedly named by local officials, almost completely destroyed the community of Paradise, fire captain Scott McLean told the Associated Press.

The fires reportedly started after windy conditions swept through the state, creating high fire danger.

On Thursday, acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Butte County for the northernmost Camp Fire, which is expected to burn for multiple days. He also requested federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a letter to President Donald Trump asking for a presidential emergency declaration.

On Friday, mandatory evacuation orders for the Malibu and Santa Monica areas affected by the Woolsey Fire were issued. Malibu Search and Rescue tweeted, “Do not wait!”

Here’s what you need to know about the devastating fires.


On Thursday, the Camp Fire traveled 18,000 acres to Paradise, California — growing at the rate of nearly 80 football fields per minute.

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A burning sign is seen outside Paradise Skilled Nursing home during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.
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REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Source: CNN


Over 2,200 firefighters are reportedly on the ground in Butte County, where thick smoke has slowed evacuation efforts.

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A group of U.S. Forest Service firefighters monitor a back fire while battling to save homes at the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.
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REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Source: CNN


40,000 residents in the county were forced to flee, around 1,000 structures have been destroyed, and 70,000 acres have been burned.

Source: Fox 61, The Washington Post


Over 60 patients were evacuated from the Paradise hospital, where multiple buildings were damaged.

Source: KCBY


Evacuations on the limited number of roads in Paradise were slowed by accidents, abandoned vehicles, and medical emergencies including child labor.

Source: Reuters, Enterprise-Record


On Thursday, 23 million people were under a Red Flag Warning by the National Weather Service.

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A firefighter drags a hose as he battles the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.
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REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Source: National Weather Service


On Friday, the warning expired as winds decreased, but the National Weather Service cautioned that fire conditions will continue due to low humidity.

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A structure is seen engulfed in flames during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.
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REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Source: The National Weather Service


Search teams worked through the weekend in search of more than 100 missing loved ones in Paradise and the surrounding Northern California communities.

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A group of Cal Fire firefighters work on a burning structure during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, on November 9, 2018.
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REUTERS:Stephen Lam

Source: Associated Press


A DNA lab and anthropologists were called to the area to help identify victims of the Camp Fire, which has been named the most destructive wildfire in California history.

Source: Associated Press


The Camp Fire had claimed 23 victims by Saturday, making it the third-deadliest wildfire on record in California. The death toll is expected to rise.

Source: Associated Press


The Camp Fire’s flames grew at a pace of 80 football fields per minute – so quickly that four people were burned to death in their cars.

Source: Business Insider


As of Sunday morning, the Camp Fire had burned 109,000 acres and was 25% contained.

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Yuba and Butte County sheriff deputies search a destroyed home for a reported victim of the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise destroying over 6,700 homes and businesses in a matter of hours.
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Justin Sullivan:Getty Images

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In Southern California, the Woolsey and Hill fires picked up on Friday, forcing 200,000 in Ventura County and Malibu to evacuate their homes.

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An American flag is seen at an engulfed car dealership during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.
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REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Source: Los Angeles Times


As the fire jumped the 101 Freeway, sections of the major road were closed on Thursday.

Source: The Los Angeles Times


LA fire captain Erik Scott told NBC4: “This is the new normal. When we have conditions like this, when it’s such incredible wind, that brings us into a different caliber.”

Source: NBC4