Before and after photos, the total devastation in the Northern California city of Paradise was almost devoured by a ruthless wildfire.
In less than 24 hours, Campvuur devoured Paradise in a lively, 200-foot inferno that reduced hundreds of houses, businesses, churches, a school and a hospital to ashes.
Abandoned, charred vehicles garbage on the main streets of the city in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada on Friday, evidence of the panic evacuation that took place the day before.
At least nine people were killed and another 35 still miss more than 48 hours later when the emergency teams prepare to return to the city and keep a more comprehensive overview of the destruction.
Before and after images show the devastation in the Northern Californian city of Paradise that was almost destroyed by the campfire. A statue represents the torped Black Bear Diner, on the left, which can be seen in front of the fire on the right
A fast-food restaurant Jack in the Box is flooded with flames while the campfire overtook the city of Paradise on Thursday night (left) and after the flames were suppressed on Friday (right). The restaurant was one of the many buildings that had been destroyed in the fire
Firefighters see police in a street in paradise after the worst fire has passed (left). The road can be seen on the right beforehand
The Feather River Hospital is pictured to the left when Thursday went up in flames after all the patients had been evacuated (left). It is shown just before the devastating fire
The Paradise Elementary School also burned in the campfire, as can be seen on the photo on the left. The ruins are depicted on the right
A cross lies between the rubble of a church in paradise in the wake of the cruel fire (left). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is depicted before being leveled (right)
The fire was allegedly lit by a faulty PG & E power line in the Feather River Canyon on the western edge of the Plumas National Forest on Thursday around 6.30 am.
Within three hours, the fire had exploded over an area of 5,000 hectares, causing Gov Gavin Newsom to announce a state of emergency when the flames arrived at the edge of paradise and the city was ordered to evacuate.
Gridlock traffic quickly formed on the roads that ran off the wildfire, causing a number of desperate drivers to abandon their vehicles and flee on foot.
More than 3,000 firefighters were sent out to accept the eruption, but they quickly gave up trying to defeat the towering flames and chose instead to focus their efforts on helping people evacuate.
& # 39; There was really no firefight involved, & # 39; said Capt Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. & # 39; These firefighters were in rescue mode all day long. & # 39;
The fire faded at night in size and spanned 110 square miles by Friday morning. From the afternoon on Saturday, the fire burned an estimated 165 square miles and 20 percent was restricted, officials said.
An estimated 6,500 buildings were burned by the fire. McLean noted: & # 39; Virtually the community of Paradise has been destroyed. It is that kind of devastation. & # 39;
Reportedly, five people were burned alive in their cars while three more deaths were found outside and another in a home, resulting in a nine-person death. Three firefighters have been reported injured.
The local police in paradise said that they had received two reports of looting, but that they had not yet made any arrests. It is despicable behavior, said Butte County Sheriff Kory L Honea about potential looters, who promised quick arrest and maximum punishments.
Flames envelop the Treasures from Paradise Antique and Collectibles shopping above left. The store is shown before the fire on the right
A burning sign is seen during the bonfire Thursday (left) and before the fire (right) outside Paradise Paradise Nursing Home
The campfire (above) was completely overrun by the city of Paradise in Northern California, grew to 70,000 acres since its start on Thursday morning and killed at least five people who were trapped in their cars while trying to escape
Pacific Gas & Electric Company says it will cooperate with any investigations that arise from the campfire.
The utility company told the state regulators on Thursday that it had a problem on an electric transmission line at the scene of the fire minutes before the fire broke out. The company said it later found damage to a radio mast on the line.
PG & E spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said Friday that the information was provisional and stressed that the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
The forest fires are unusually late in the season for California, after a lack of rainstorms left the region unreasonably dry.
Firefighters push down a wall as they fight against a burning apartment complex in paradise. The population of the city has been evacuated and whole neighborhoods leveled
Five people were found alive in their cars in the afternoon of Friday after the ruthless campfire destroyed the city of Paradise
Northern California: this shortwave infrared (SWIR) satellite image shows the campfire around the Concow Reservoir, center, in and around the Magalia community on Friday. SWIR images can penetrate smoke and detect fires
The map above shows the three major fires that are currently arriving in California, two in the south and one in the north, starting on Saturday