California : Paradise destroyed by Wildfire.

A fierce wildfire racing across Northern California has destroyed parts of the Sierra foothills, including one town, officials say.

The so-called Camp Fire, which started early on Thursday near Camp Creek, has been fuelled by strong winds and dry forest.



Some residents in the town of Paradise, which was “devastated”, were trapped by the flames, state fire officials said.

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Thousands in the region have evacuated, including from schools and hospitals.

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There are unconfirmed reports of casualties, which an official said could take days to confirm.

“[Paradise] is devastated, everything is destroyed. There’s nothing left standing,” said Scott Maclean, the state’s forestry and fire protection spokesman.

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