Wednesday, July 9, 2008

paradise lost?

Thousands evacuated as California fires rage on

Wind-driven flames leapt over fire lines at a rural community near the town of Paradise, 90 miles (144 kilometers) north of Sacramento and destroyed nearly 40 homes in the space of a few hours early Tuesday, emergency services said.

Chuck Rough, director of the emergency operations center in Paradise, told CNN that although conditions eased overnight, firecrews battling the 49,000-acre (19,800-hectare) blaze in Butte County were bracing for a heatwave.

the heat wave is expected to last at least 2 more days.

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