As of Friday Morning, the wildfire in Butte County has scorched 70,000 acres (109.38 square miles) since it was first reported around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, burning at the rate of about 0.8 acres per second or 48.6 acres per minute. The fire burning east of Chico has destroyed much of the community of Paradise tratening about 15,000 structures. More than 50,000 people were evacuated. Dozens of people have been reported missing and remained unaccounted for Friday morning. Some people were killed but the exact number is unknown.
This is the most destructive wildfire in California history. The fire is just 5 percent contained, with an estimated full containment date of Nov. 30. “We have a weather event, in this case a downslope windstorm, where, as opposed to the normal westerly winds, we get easterly winds that are cascading off the crest of the Sierra Nevada,” says Neil Lareau, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Nevada, Reno. Kim Kardashian shared footage on social media of her family fleeing from their home Thursday as massive wildfires swept through Southern California.