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Harrowing tales of escape and heroic rescues emerged from Paradise, Calif., where the entire community of 27,000 was ordered to evacuate on Thursday.

Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames. Officials say the fire has claimed five people in vehicles, and thousands of structures have been destroyed.

Here are photographs from the area, taken Thursday and Friday.

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California wildfires: Visions of hell as Paradise burns

A Jack In The Box restaurant burns as the Camp fire tears through Paradise, north of Sacramento, Calif., on Nov. 08, 2018. More than 100 homes, a hospital, a Safeway store and scores of other structures have burned in the area.
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A home is overshadowed by towering smoke plumes as the Camp fire races through town in Paradise, California on November 08, 2018. – More than 18,000 acres have been scorched in a matter of hours burning with it a hospital, a gas station and dozens of homes.
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The Feather River Hospital burns down during the Camp fire in Paradise, California on November 8, 2018. More than 18,000 acres have been scorched in a matter of hours burning with it a hospital, a gas station and dozens of homes.
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A patient walks away from a makeshift triage area as the the Feather River Hospital is evacuated during the Camp on November 8, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire has ripped through the town of Paradise and has quickly charred 18,000 acres and has destroyed dozens of homes in a matter of hours. The fire is currently …read more

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