California wildfires: Tens of thousands forced to flee as entire city ‘pretty much’ destroyed by blazeParadise – population 27,000 – is said to have been left in ruins with homes, hospitals, schools and businesses all engulfed by a wall of flames. Authorities said there are unconfirmed reports of casualties and that emergency services are working desperately to rescue those left behind. “Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed,” Cal Fire Captain Scott McLean told the Associated Press news agency.