'No one is left': Deadly California wildfire wipes out entire town off map in less than a day
Reports state that at least nine people have been found dead in the town and the business district has been leveled.
The devastating California wildfires ravaging the state has wiped off an entire town from the map in less than a day. There is no one left in Paradise, a Northern California town, where abandoned, charred vehicles were seen as the only remnants of the town as the blaze tore through the community.
Reports state that at least nine people have been found dead in the town and the business district has been leveled. The Sierra Nevada foothill town of 27,000 residents was reportedly engulfed by the flames so fast that firefighters could not do anything to save it.
The blaze, which started on Thursday outside the hilly town, reportedly grew to 404 square kilometers and destroyed over 6700 buildings. Nearly all of the buildings were homes of people and the wildfire has been deemed as the most destructive in the state ever since record-keeping began, according to 9News.
Officials on Monday said that the firefighting crews have made gains and the blaze is partially contained in the town.
The firefighters reportedly found the dead inside their cars and outside vehicles or their homes after a last-minute evacuation, which Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea called "the worst-case scenario." The identities of the victims have not been released yet. Reports state that many abandoned their vehicles to flee on foot as flames bore down from all the sides.
Sheriff Honea, while talking about the blaze, said: "It is what we feared for a long time," adding that there was not enough time to go door to door.
Over 200,000 people have been forced out of their homes with fires also burning in Southern California too. The toll for the state was 31 as of writing. Reports state that the evacuation orders include the entire city of Malibu, home to 13,000 residents, including some of Hollywoods's biggest stars.
President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration over the weekend, providing federal relief funding for multiple counties in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles.
Trump, however, posted a series of tweets blaming "mismanagement of the forests" as the cause of the wildfires across the state, saying "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California". The president also claimed that "billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"
Paradise was a popular retirement community, located on a ridge between two valleys, and has raised concerns about elderly and immobile residents of the town, who have been reported missing.