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>> Hundreds of homes incinerated and deaths reported, as the fast-moving wildfire roared through Northern California on Thursday. Tens of thousands of people fled the town of Paradise, as the so-called campfires swept through, with flames as high as 150 feet. Photographer Stephen Lam was on the ground.>> Very much the hotel was on fire.
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We happened to see a car dealership that was fully engulfed in flames along the cars and also we saw abandoned siege California highway patrol vehicle along this road that was just full of burned down vehicle and and down electrical wires.>> The town of 27,000 is located on a ridge, with limited escape routes forcing many residents to drive through flames in order to get out.
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Traffic accidents quickly turn roads into grid lock.>> I'm so scared.>> Officials say some people had to leave their cars and run for it, holding children and pets. The blaze began early Thursday, and has already ripped through 20,000 acres.>> The amount of wind we have in the area, is what makes this fire so dangerous.
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>> Officials are now warning that with strong winds blowing through the area, the nearby town of Chico is also under threat. This year is one of the worst time record for wild fires in California. Flames have already destroyed more than 600,000 acres, nearly triple the five year average.