A wildfire has destroyed most of a Northern California town of 27,000 people. Five people were found dead in vehicles overcome by the so-called “Camp Fire” in Paradise, authorities said. The victims have not been identified.
The fires across the state have forced 157,000 people from their homes, officials said. Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
“There was really no firefight involved,” Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said of the blaze near Paradise. He said crews gave up attacking the flames and instead helped people get out alive. “Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed. It’s that kind of devastation.”