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Fast-moving wildfire ravages Paradise, Calif.

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A fast-moving wildfire that ravaged a Northern California town Thursday sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire as thick smoke darkened the daytime sky. Several thousand buildings were destroyed by flames, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection official said.

“We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road,” said police officer Mark Bass, who lives in the hard-hit town of Paradise, where harrowing tales of escape and heroic rescues emerged after the entire community of 27,000 was ordered to evacuate. (AP)

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A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


Nurse Cassie Lerossignol hugs as coworker as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


Embers blow in the wind as a Camp Fire burns a KFC restaurant on Nov. 8, 2018 in Paradise, Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


A car that was burned by the Camp Fire is illuminated by headlights as it sits in the middle of a road on Nov. 8, 2018 in Paradise, Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


A scorched vehicle rests on a roadside as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


Firefighters battle the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


Medical personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


Flames climb trees as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


A resident looks at approaching flames as firefighters battle flames overnight during a wildfire that burned dozens of homes in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Nov. 9, 2018. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters)


Flames consume a car dealership as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


This photo taken from video provided by CBS2/KCAL9 shows a wildfire burning in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday afternoon, Nov. 8, 2018. Known as the Hill fire, it here has crossed U.S. Highway 101, at center right, potentially threatening hundreds of homes. (Photo: CBS2/KCAL9 via AP)


Flames consume a home as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


Flames consume a Kentucky Fried Chicken as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


A vintage car rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


A firefighter drags a hose as he battles the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters)


A charred animal rests on a roadside as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)


The massive plume from the Camp Fire, burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif., wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: David Little/Chico Enterprise-Record via AP)


Flames consume a building as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)