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California wildfires turn deadly as tens of thousands evacuate – live updates – CBS News

California wildfires turn deadly as tens of thousands evacuate – live updates – CBS News

"Heavenly father, please help us"

Surrounded by walls of flames whipped by wind or 50 mph, people drove through hell trying to escape, CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports from Paradise. "Heavenly father, please help us," a woman said on a video while driving on a road booked by flames.

The Camp Fire exploded in intensity, filling the sky with toxic smoke that could be seen from San Francisco, which is nearly 150 miles away. "Everything is burning up around us," said a video on Facebook.

There was very little time for the 27,000 people who live in Paradise to evacuate. "We grabbed our animals and some clothes, and we're getting out of here," Kevin Winstead of Paradise told CBS Chico affiliate KHSL-TV.

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