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30,000 evacuated following California wildfire

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Some 30,000 people were evacuated after a broke out in and engulfed houses and public buildings such as churches and schools in the town of

The blaze named "Camp Fire" has burnt more than 8,000 hectares in less than 24 hours since it began on Thursday morning and continues to grow because of the dryness of the terrain and strong winds in the area, according to the Department of Forestry and Protection (Calfire).

No casualties have been reported yet but there are several people missing while some people have suffered serious burns, reports news.

Evacuation orders were given on Thursday in the small towns of Pulga, and in Butte County, as well as in the town of Paradise, with a population of about 26,000, and in the rural areas of and

In the early hours of Friday, local authorities issued evacuation orders for parts of Chico, which has a population of 90,000, as flames were moving towards the city.

The area is about 140 km from state capital and about 280 km from the area, where the smoke from the is visible.

The spread rapidly through very dry terrain, helped by strong winds of up to 80 km per hour.

of California, Gavin Newsom, requested the for a presidential emergency declaration for physical and financial resources for the affected area.

Serious fires in are increasingly frequent and violent, as evidenced by the fact that four of the five most destructive fires in the state's history have occurred in the past six years, according to official records dating back to 1932.

In September, firefighters finally contained the Mendocino Complex fire, active since July and considered the largest in California's history.



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 15:52 IST