Towering & # 39; firenado & # 39; caught on camera in California as devastating forest fires scattered across the state
A terrifying & # 39; firenado & # 39; is seen swirling in the scorched debris of a fire destroyed California.
The apocalyptic scenes showed a towering hell of fire twisted through the air, while charred cars and blackened trees surrounded it in Butte County, California.
Areas in Northern and Southern California are still being evacuated as the fiery whirlwind of the Campfire hit today.
Butte County Sheriff received reports of multiple fatalities, but officials try to confirm those reports, authorities said to ABC News.
In video images posted on-line, the tower of the fire can be seen from behind burned trees near a long empty road covered with falling ash.
A "firenado" swirl, also commonly known as a fire devil, a fire tornado, fire swirl or a fire winner, is a whirlwind caused by a fire and often consists of fire from a paintbrush.
The frightening & # 39; firewriter & # 39; was caught on the camera, surrounded by scorched trees and falling ash
A crew of the ABC news caught the firenado & # 39; in action when forest fires were swept by Butte County in southern California
In Butte County, about 80 miles north of Sacramento, strong winds have hampered the efforts of aircraft to fall deceleratingly on the fast-moving fire that largely destroyed Paradise and left this morning to the east of Chico, a city with a population of about 90,000.
The eruption, which has grown to 20,000 hectares in northern California, raged since last night.
In less than 24 hours, the campfire set fire to more than 30 square miles (20,000 hectares), turning escape routes around the city of Paradise into tunnels of fire when the entire community of 27,000 inhabitants was ordered to evacuate.
Cal Fire said the fire contained only five percent and had used 70,000 hectares.
On Thursday, when the flames flooded paradise, frantic residents threw themselves safely into the thick smoke that darkened the sky during the day and made it difficult to drive.
More than 1,000 buildings are facing damage by the fast-moving blaze, Butte County Cal Fire Chief Darren Read said at the press conference.
The deputy of a sheriff described his environment as & # 39; blackout conditions & # 39 ;, while others described detailed ways that & # 39; completely blocked & # 39; were because of roaring flames.
Behind the trees appeared a fire fork of the city of Chico, a city with about 90,000 inhabitants
The forest fires have grown to 20,000 hectares in northern California and raged since last night
Policeman Mark Bass, who lives in the severely stricken city of Paradise and works in neighboring Chico, said: "We were surrounded by fire, we drove through the fire on each side of the road.
He evacuated his family and then returned to the fire to help various disabled residents, including a man who tried to bring his bedridden wife to safety.
It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could barely see the road in front of us. & # 39;
Southern California was also besieged by raging forest fires, two separate fires over Thousand Oaks, the scene of massive Wednesday evening shootings, and chic Calabasas, where celebrities like Kim Kardashian live, who had to evacuate her house.
Approximately 75,000 houses are placed under emergency evacuation orders, meaning that more than 100,000 homes are in danger in the state.
The Los Angeles Police Department also gave a tactical warning of the fire throughout the city, allowing the units to help deal with the fire.