Wildfires hit California; nine dead, 1,50,000 evacuated

One of the fires has affected the coastal town of Malibu, home to many Hollywood celebrities, as well as the city of Thousand Oaks, where a former US Marine killed 12 people at a bar on Wednesday night before taking his own life.

Sakshi Chaturvedi
Published on: 10 Nov 2018 4:42 AM GMT
Wildfires hit California; nine dead, 1,50,000 evacuated
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California: At least nine people lost their lives in California after three wildfires hit North California. More than 1,50,000 people have been evacuated.

The largest blaze, known as Camp Fire, has hit northern California and is the only one that has been deadly so far, devastating 28,000 hectares (69,000 acres) and engulfing much of Paradise, a town of 26,000 residents located some 280 km (174 mi) north of San Francisco.

Many people have to abandon their vehicle and flee by foot as evacuated led to heavy traffic.

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The strong winds and the dry conditions in the area have led to a rapid expansion of the fire.

The smoke has even reached San Francisco, where an air quality alert was issued.

The two other fires are smaller in size and have hit the southern part of the state.

One of the fires has affected the coastal town of Malibu, home to many Hollywood celebrities, as well as the city of Thousand Oaks, where a former US Marine killed 12 people at a bar on Wednesday night before taking his own life.

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The Woolsey Fire, as the blaze is known, has forced 75,000 homes to be evacuated in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

The fire has also affected the affluent city of Calabasas, where Kim Kardashian-West lives, who was evacuated on Thursday along with her three children.

The third blaze, the Hill Fire, broke out in Ventura County's Santa Rosa Valley.

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Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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