Deadly fire leveled a California town in less than a day

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 10, 2018 9:24 AM

(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Flames consume a fast food restaurant as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The fire incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

(Paradise, Calif.) -- In the town of Paradise, little remains of the Sierra Nevada foothill community founded in the 1800s.

A fire that has become the most destructive in California history wiped it out in less than a day, destroying more than 6,700 structures, almost all of them homes.

It grew to nearly 140 square miles.

Nine people have been found dead, some inside their cars and others outside vehicles or homes after a desperate evacuation.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea called it "the worst-case scenario," saying it is what officials long feared because there was not enough time to implement an evacuation plan.

With fires also burning in Southern California , state officials put the total number of people forced from their homes at more than 200,000.

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