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Wildfire ravages California town, thousands forced to evacuate

Thousands were forced to flee after a fast-moving wildfire advanced to the outskirts of the Northern California city of Chico early on Friday, after leaving the nearby town of Paradise in ruins.

Fires continue to rage on both ends of California, spreading with breakneck speed and displacing hundreds of thousands of people in a state where a once-seasonal worry has become a near-constant terror. (Source: AP)

At least 23 are dead in the Camp Fire, about 100 miles north of Sacramento, and two others have died in fires near Los Angeles. (Source: AP)

Paradise, home to about 26,000 people, was shrouded in smoke Saturday. Flames still licked downed power poles, and ghostly chimneys jutted up from charred concrete foundations. (Source: AP)

Wildfire ravages California town, thousands forced to evacuate

Thousands were forced to flee after a fast-moving wildfire advanced to the outskirts of the Northern California city of Chico early on Friday, after leaving the nearby town of Paradise in ruins. (AP photo)

Wildfire ravages California town, thousands forced to evacuate

A statue rests amid a charred lot as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise town in California. The entire community of 27,000 was ordered to evacuate. Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames. (AP Photo)

Wildfire ravages California town, thousands forced to evacuate

Earlier, officials issued evacuation notices for homes on the eastside of Chico, a city with a population of about 93,000. (AP Photo)

Wildfire ravages California town, thousands forced to evacuate

Firefighters battle the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, California. The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings for fire dangers in many areas across the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue. (AP Photo)

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Wildfire ravages California town, thousands forced to evacuate

Emergency personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, California. Rescuers had to use a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out the way to reach Feather River Hospital and evacuate patients as flames engulfed the building, Reuters reported. (AP photo)

Wildfire ravages California town, thousands forced to evacuate

An abandoned vehicle is seen on a road during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. (Reuters)