How Paradise fire became the state’s deadliest wildfire

— “The evacuation corridors caught fire, as they had a decade before. … Cars inched forward as brush burned on both sides of them and embers rained. People yelled to be heard over the sound of exploding car tires.”

— “The gridlock was happening all over Paradise. On a typical day, the town’s only four-lane road, Skyway, ferried 1,200 cars an hour — and that was at rush hour. Now it was being asked to empty a city of nearly 27,000.”

—”Wind gusting at 72 mph blew the flames sideways, propelling them house to house so quickly that heat did not have time to bake the leaf canopy of the trees above. Houses incinerated while the trees around them remained unscorched.”

—”In Paradise, city fire hydrants eventually ran dry.”

From a Los Angeles Times article titled “California fire: What started as a tiny brush fire became the state’s deadliest wildfire. Here’s how”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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