A raging wildfire forced thousands of residents of a California town to flee from their homes, with dozens still trapped inside the fire zone, the authorities said.
"The whole town's on fire," Scott Lotter, a town councilman who evacuated with his family, told the media on Thursday, adding, "It's pretty grim."
Video posted online showed that the blaze devoured trees and houses along the highway.
A thick, dark plume of smoke filled the sky in the video.
Fueled by steady winds and dry grass, the blaze, dubbed Camp Fire, was first reported at about 6.30 a.m. on Thursday and it rapidly exploded to an estimated 18,000 acres by 2.30 p.m.
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