California: tens of thousands evacuated as wildfire explodes in size

Fast-moving blaze in north of state threatens several communities and forces some to drive through flames to escape

Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate a fast-moving wildfire that exploded in size Thursday, threatening several northern California communities and forcing panicked residents to race to help neighbors and drive through walls of flames to escape.

The blaze destroyed an unknown number of structures and injured some civilians, but the extent of their injuries was not immediately known, said California department of forestry and fire protection Capt John Gaddie.

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