The campfire in Northern California has been declared the most destructive in the history of the state, as researchers investigate whether faulty power lines could have caused the fire.
Friday night, just one day after the forest fire began, the campfire had destroyed 6,453 homes and 260 commercial buildings in Butte County, north of Sacramento.
The state's record for the most destructive fire was set in October 2017, when the Tubbs fire destroyed 5,636 buildings in Napa and Sonoma.
When the sun went down on Friday, the huge camp of 90,000 hectares of campfire showed no signs of stopping and only 15 percent was curtailed, officials said.
In just 36 hours, the campfire destroyed the city of Paradise, where 95 percent of the city's buildings were destroyed by 27,000 inhabitants.
Firefighters push down a wall as they struggle against a burning apartment complex in Paradise, north of Sacramento
A firefighter from Cal Fire watches a burning house while the campfire moves through the area on Friday in Magalia, California
The burnt remains of the Paradise Elementary School are on Friday in Paradise, California. Blocks and housing blocks and businesses in the city of Northern California have been destroyed by a forest fire
Pacific Gas & Electric crews are working on the restoration of power lines Friday in Paradise, Calif. Authorities say that the fire that burns in the city of Paradise is the most destructive of the state since archiving began
The map above shows the three major fires that are now burning in California, two in the south and one in the north
Nine people have been found dead, some in their cars & # 39; s others outside vehicles or homes after a desperate evacuation that Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea & # 39; The Sausage Case Scenario & # 39; called. Their identity was not yet known.
"That's what we've been afraid of for a long time," Honea said, noticing that there was no time to knock in the doors of the residents one by one.
The fire is called & # 39; Kamp & # 39; for the area where the first fire started on Thursday at 6.29 hours, but a campfire is not supposed to be the cause.
On the contrary, electricity company Pacific Gas & Electric filed a report with the California Public Utilities Commission on a 115-kilovolt line failure on Pulga Road in Butte County at 6.15 am that day and noted that the site was near the airport. campfire lay.
The company said it later found damage to a radio mast on the line.
PG & E spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said on Friday that the information was provisional and stressed that the cause of the fire has not yet been officially established.
The utility has been criticized by residents and state officials over the past year after many of the forest fires that were tied to high-voltage power lines devastated California in October 2017.
A Cal Fire firefighter sprays water on a house next to a burning house while the campfire moves through Magalia on Friday
In the city of Magalia, whole streets of houses went up in flames when the Campfire showed aggressive behavior
Firefighters work Friday on a controlled fire in the campfire. It is now the most destructive in the history of California
On Friday in paradise rolled away, charred vehicles on the main road, evidence of the panic evacuation a day earlier.
Most buildings are in decline. Entire neighborhoods are leveled. The business district has been destroyed. In one day, this foothills city in the Sierra Nevada, founded in the 1800s, was largely burned by flames that moved so fast that there was nothing that firemen could do.
Just one day after it began, the eruption that began outside the hilly city of Paradise had grown to nearly 140 square miles and destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of which were homes, making it California's most destructive forest fire since registration began .
With fires burning in Southern California, government officials have forced the total number of people out of their homes to more than 200,000. Evacuation orders include the entire city of Malibu, where 13,000 live, including some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
President Donald Trump issued an emergency statement with federal funds for the provinces of Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles.
The fire in Paradise, about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco, was still out of control on Friday.
A thick, yellow haze hung in the air, making it seem like dusk was in the middle of the day. Some of the majestic oaks & # 39; that the city has pride in its website still burning in their trunk. Thick wooden poles with railings remained lit.
This improved satellite image from NASA's Earth Observatory shows a wildfire in Paradise, California
Abandoned vehicles sit on a parking lot in Paradise, north of Sacramento, California on Friday after the campfire destroyed the area
A staircase that once led to another level can be seen on the burnt remains of home on Friday in paradise
Hospital workers and first responders evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital while the campfire leaves the area Thursday in Paradise, California
The Thursday morning evacuation mission caused a desperate exodus in which many hectic drivers were stuck in stuck traffic. Many left their vehicles to flee on foot because the flames bent down on all sides.
"The fire was so close that I could feel it in my car through rolled windows," said Rita Miller, who fled Paradise with her disabled mother.
The town, located on a ridge between two valleys, was a popular retirement community, which raised concerns among older and immobile residents who were reported missing.
On the edge of town, Patrick Knuthson, a fourth-generation resident, said that only two of the 22 houses that once stood on his street are still there – his and his neighbor's.
& # 39; The fire burned from one house, to the next house, to the next house until they had almost completely disappeared, Knuthson said. He worked side by side all night with neighbors, used a backhoe to create a line of fire, determined not to lose his house this time.
I lost my house in 2008, and it's something you can not really describe until you go through it, Knuthson said, that flames fought eight feet or longer, while strong winds made hot embers around him. beat away. He worked so long in the flames and smelled that he needed oxygen at his home on Thursday night, but he refused to leave.
Abandoned cars of fleeing residents of the Magalia and Paradise Pine area, line Skyway Road the day after the start of the campfire that is still running out of control through the region, fueled by strong winds in Butte County, California
A prisoner crew from the Cal Fire prison responds while the campfire is lit by the Paradise Pines near Magalia on Friday
Cal Fire Captain Steve Millosovich carries a cage full of cats that have been found in the way after the campfire drew through Big Bend in Northern California on Friday
On Friday Knuthson was covered from head to toe in black soot. His little town will never be the same again, he said. The rural landscape dotted with bay and oak will take years to recover.
In the central shopping area of the city there was little more than rubble.
St. Nicholas Church is still standing, a rare exception. The nearby New Life church has disappeared. An undamaged Burger King plate rises above a pile of charred debris. The metal patio tables are the only recognizable things under the pizzeria plate of Mama Celeste. Only blackened fragments remain behind the sign of Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant to lure his sushi. Seven burned-out Mercedes chassis are all that remains of the Ernst Mercedes Specialist special.
City house survived. But the buildings of the Moose Lodge and the Chamber of Commerce did not.
The hospital with 100 beds of the city is still standing, but two of the smaller buildings, including an outpatient clinic, are flattened. The Adventist Feather River Hospital evacuated its 60 patients in a hectic rush when the evacuation order arrived Thursday morning. Some were pushed back by congested roads, but in the end they all came out, some in a dramatic way.
On the edge of paradise, Krystin Harvey lost her mobile home. She described a city rich in historic charm until a day ago.
& # 39; It was an old country town. It had lined up the old buildings along the walkway, "she said. Almost all companies were locally owned and had an assortment of antique shops, second-hand stores, small restaurants, two bars and many churches. & # 39;
A rescued donkey is stuck to a traffic sign on the side of the road after the campfire has been moved through the area on Friday
In Paradise there is a row of burned abandoned cars on the road after the campfire drew through the area on Thursday
A California Highway Patrol vehicle manning a checkpoint along Highway 32 while the campfire burns in Northern California
Harvey wondered if the traditions of the city would survive. The city was famous for the discovery of a gold nugget of 54 pounds in the 19th century, which eventually led to a festival known as Gold Nugget Days. The highlight of the festival is a parade with a Gold Nugget Queen.
& # 39; My daughter is going to the gold nugget this year, & # 39; said Harvey, and she waited a moment. Well, it has been going for 100 years, but we do not know – there is no city now. & # 39;
People in paradise, like so many in California, have become accustomed to forest fires and many said they were well prepared.
They kept their gutters clean, some kept pumps in their pools and had fire hoses. But the cruelty and speed of this glow overwhelmed those preparations.
Drought, warmer weather that is attributed to climate change and housing deeper in forests has led to more destructive wildfire seasons that have started earlier and last longer.
Larry Marple, on the right, accompanied by his son, Rod Marple, watches Friday on the burnt remains of his house in paradise
Cathy Fallon stands Friday near the charred remains of her house in Paradise & I will be twisted if I have those horses burned in the fire. ", Said Fallon, who stayed on her property to keep her 14 horses protect, all of which survived
A Jack In the Box destroyed by a massive campfire is seen Friday in the neighborhood of Paradise, California. The authorities say that the fire that burns in the city of Paradise has become the most destructive of the state since the bookkeeping began
Just 100 miles north of Paradise, the sixth most destructive nature fire in California's history hit July and August and was also one of the earliest.
Called Carr Fire, near Redding, it killed eight people, burned about 1,100 homes and consumed 358 square miles before it was embedded.
Paradise town council Melissa Schuster lost her 16-acre Chapelle de L & # 39; Artiste retreat, a chic property with a chapel, pond and swimming pool. But Friday she clung to two fluffy heaps: Shyann and Twinkle Star Heart.
& # 39; Our llama & # 39; s, & # 39; she said. & # 39; In one way or another, they made it. & # 39;
Schuster said they stopped trying to join a trailer for the animals and their homes and possessions fled only with their three cats on Thursday when the day went dark as fire roared.
& # 39; It & # 39; s Paradise & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; It has always been Paradise and we will return it. & # 39;