46 Feared Dead as Entire California Town Destroyed by Wildfires
Californian town Paradise, home to 27,000, completely destroyed in the inferno
As the wildfires continue to rage across California, 46 residents from Paradise are now feared dead after the small Californian town has been almost completely destroyed in the inferno.
For far, officials have confirmed that eleven people have died, with 300,000 forced to flee their homes as the worst wildfires in the state's history rage through the US West Coast.
60mph winds coupled with a record dry spell have spread flames up from celebrity beach hamlet Malibu in the south to the formerly idyllic, picturesque town of Paradise in the north.
President Trump has been forced to declare a state of emergency as three separate fires have scorched over 130,000 acres.
According to the Daily Mail, Paradise, a picturesque town, home to 27,000, 175 miles north of San Francisco, was almost totally destroyed.
Nine people from the town died including five who were burned alive in their cars as they attempted to flee down a wooded country road that was engulfed by flames.
Sheriff Kory Honea said: "The people in the cars weren’t able to get out.
"The flames overtook them."
Another 35 people from the town are missing feared dead while more than 6,700 homes and businesses were incinerated.
Paradise deputy mayor Greg Bolin said 90 percent of the town had been razed to the ground.
"It’s just ash and rubble," he said. "It’s been wiped out."
Last night officials said only five percent of the fires had been brought under control and warned the death toll would ‘almost certainly’ rise.
In Malibu, two people were reported dead last night.
Stars including Lady Gaga, Cher, Martin Sheen, Gerard Butler, and Mel Gibson were forced to leave their beachside homes in the area.
The Woolsey Fire also reached the ranch that has been the set of numerous movies over the years, including the hit TV show Westworld.
The 2,700-acre ranch located between Malibu and the Conejo Valley was purchased by Paramount Studios in 1927.
Western Town specifically was built for TV productions in the 1950s and was used for TV series including "The Cisco Kid" and "Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre."
Filming continued for decades even as the ranch changed hands.
It was acquired by the National Park Service in 1980 but has continued to function as a filming location, serving as a location for the first two seasons of the sci-fi series "Westworld."
HBO expressed concern for "all those affected by these horrible fires."