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A gas main on fire throws flames into the air after it broke and exploded, destroying nearby homes following the Northridge earthquake. A total of 466 fires were reported on Jan. 17, 1994, three of which simultaneously broke out immediately following the earthquake and were due of the rupture of natural gas valve/mains.
The Camp fire burned homes but left trees standing. The science behind the fire's path
Despite its forest location, the Camp fire was more of an "urban conflagration" — one in which the flames bypassed the treetop canopy and instead jumped from house to house with blinding speed. “I don’t know if there was anything that could have been done to save Paradise,” one expert said.