23,000 Flee Raging Wildfires

California is in a state of emergency as fast-moving wildfires turn neighborhoods into raging infernos.
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Los Angeles, and we begin with the breaking headline. The state of emergency here in parts of California tonight. The National Guard, thousands of firefighters battling 12 wildfires. And one of those fires has turned deadly. Hundreds of homes gone tonight. We have dramatic images from inside the inferno. The valley fire in nap pa. One family fleeing to the left, to the right, everything on fire there. Haunting images of the aftermath. The charred American flag. Where the town once stood, that sign now Reading, "This is where we belong," still standing. Meanwhile, an urgent race. Cars, flames behind them as families try to get out. California governor jerry brown say, we are in a battle with mother nature tonight. We traveled north to the valley fire today, where we were stunned by what was left. Tonight, authorities stunned at the speed and strength of the valley fire. The first moments captured as it erupted on Saturday. On the ground here, they tell us faster than any fire in recent history. Families fleeing on the roads as the sky disappears, filled with smoke. 40,000 acres engulfed in just the first 12 hours, and the fire is still burning tonight. Entire neighborhoods up in flames. This dashcam video capturing one person's desperate attempt to escape the flames, trapped by warms of fire in every direction. More than a thousand homes and buildings gone tonight. So many families surprised by the fire's speed. This man, driving through the worst of it. This video showing him trying to flee its path, struggling to find a way out. Fire everywhere he turns. He makings it out. You can hear the roar of the fire. These images showing just how quickly homes were consumed by this fire. Barry Biermann is the napa county fire chief. So, you can see the fire literally jumping the location? Yeah, we were having spot fires. Before we knew it, we had hundreds of homes that were instantly threatened. Reporter: More than 23,000 evacuated tonight. Governor brown declaring a state of emergency in two counties. Many people who witnessed this said this is a speed we haven't seen here in years. It really is unprecedented. Reporter: Scott Kelly's home was destroyed in minutes. Your house is gone? Yeah, my house is gone. Reporter: The chief said the speed of this thing -- Yeah, it was going through here 40 miles an hour. Just blew through everything like nothing. Reporter: They took us through what's left of their burned-out town. Some of the fire still smoldering. You walk down the streets of these neighborhoods and this is all you see. The burned out shells of cars, all that remain. You can see the meltedunaccounted for tonight. Hundreds of homes destroyed. As the fire sweeps in, each home igniting the next. Families trapped in flames as they try to evacuate. Tonight, we take you the fire zone, what's ft oletheif R community. E thtunningmage is cingom . Up O a T alsthis hour, the manhunt rht nig undower way. The campus lockdown.th Ude wenstitts hhandsehin B dth ei R hes.ad a popular professor shot and killed at an a university. Back to work. The defiantounty clerk returns as couples show up to get their marriage licenses. The scene that played out today. And made in America is back tonight. Wd-4 th E secret recipe made right here in California. And can you guess tonight what wd-4 stan0 ds for? Made in America! Gathered, still holding their pets. And we go to find Patrice Conklin. We heard all about you. Yeah, I heard. Reporter: She got her children out and what little she could grab. Your home is gone? My home is gone. Reporter: And so what now? I got my kids out, I got my dog out and -- couple of birth certificates and that's about it. We have the clothes that we could put in the car. Reporter: We meet her daughter Sydney, who tells me the whole thing has been scary. You said it was scary. What was the scariest part? The thought of not having a home. Reporter: The thought of not having a home. And you don't know where you'll live next. And then a smile when we spot their dog. Is this your dog? What's the dog's name? Neo. She shows me what's left of her home. Nothing but the foundation. While back in that neighborhood tonight, where most everyone remembers being at that football game, Wyatt now wondering if he'll get back to his senior year. Could you have ever imagined anything like this? No, never in my life. I've seen a lot of big fires. Reporter: Part of growing up in California. I guess so. And you heard me mention there, nearly everyone in that town of middletown was at the high school football game Friday night. Not knowing nearly their entire town would be on fire, just 24 hours later.

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