▶️Video shows a so-called firenado tearing through a scorched part of Butte County in northern California as the Camp Fire, which forced thousands of people to evacuate, rages on.(ABC)
Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town and destroyed hundreds of structures.
“Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it’s that kind of devastation,” said Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean late Thursday. “The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out.”
McLean estimated that 2,000 structures were destroyed in the town of 27,000 residents about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco. The extent of any injuries and specific damage count was not immediately known as officials could not access the dangerous area.
Butte County CalFire Chief Darren Read said at a news conference that two firefighters and multiple residents were injured.