Earlier this year, wildfires raged through huge portions of California, claiming homes, businesses, and lives in the process. Those fires were eventually contained, but a new inferno which sparked up in Plumas National Forest this week has devastated tens of thousands of acres already, and it’s turned the town of Paradise, California, into a hellscape.

In a video posted to Facebook by a resident, the blaze can be seen destroying everything in its path. No tree or structure appears to be spared, but the driver and passengers manage to escape successfully.

“I feel very vulnerable posting this but I feel I should,” Brynn Chatfield, the Facebook poster, explains in the video’s description. “My hometown of Paradise is on fire. My family is evacuated and safe. Not all my friends are safe. It’s very surreal. Things always work out, but the unknown is a little scary.”

California has declared a state of emergency due to the Camp Fire’s spread. It’s currently completely out of control, spreading at will with no containment. For a bit of perspective on how fast this fire is moving, CNN notes that it’s burning the equivalent of 80 football fields every minute. It’s a real monster.

The Camp Fire is actually just one of three current wildfires raging in the state. Two other fires are currently active northwest of Los Angeles. The Hill and Woosley Fires have not been as destructive as the Camp Fire, which is located farther north past Sacramento, but officials are still keeping a close eye on them and hoping to stomp them out sooner rather than later.
At present, the National Weather Service has issued wide-ranging wildfire warnings surrounding both areas, so if you’re in the area be sure to keep on top of the fires’ progress and stay safe.
Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech. Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today, Time.com, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.