Thousands Evacuated Due to Fast-Moving Wildfire in Butte County

Thousands Evacuated Due to Fast-Moving Wildfire in Butte County

Thousands Evacuated Due to Fast-Moving Wildfire in Butte County

The Butte County Camp Fire has burned over 8,000 acres of land and is zero percent contained as of press time, according to information released by the CAL FIRE Butte Unit and the Butte County Fire Department on their shared twitter account.

At least 27,000 people in the town of Paradise about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco were ordered to flee Thursday.

The fire started at about 6:30am Thursday morning and reached 5,000 acres in three hours, fueled by high winds.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District also issued a warning Thursday afternoon, notifying residents of air quality impacts in the Bay Area due to the smoke drifting south from the Camp Fire.

"It's a very risky and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. It's the second time Hall has fled a California fire, she said.

Residents of Butte County ― and particularly Paradise, California, and its surrounding towns ― have been ordered to evacuate and take shelter in local churches in the neighboring town of Chico. A California fire official says a fast-moving wildfire in Northern California has destroyed structures and injured civilians. A fire had broken out in her yard, blocking the path to her vehicle.

Terrifying videos posted on social media showed cars driving along roads that looked like tunnels of fire with flames on both sides of the road. "All patients are being transported to surrounding area hospitals", a statement said. "Once it got going it picked up very rapidly".

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Groups of fleeing residents gathered in a Kmart parking lot in Paradise, with their dogs and some with horses, waiting to be evacuated, said Shelley Freeman who spoke to a relative and friends in Paradise.

Shari Bernacett said her husband tried to get people to leave the Paradise mobile home park they manage.

At the hospital in Paradise, more than 60 patients were evacuated to other facilities and some buildings caught fire and were damaged.

The California Highway Patrol closed a nearby highway and urged motorists to avoid the area. She said people left their vehicles and ran when they started hearing explosions.

Cal Fire said Wednesday that a Red Flag Warning was issued for most of Northern California's interior as well as parts of Southern California through Friday morning.

"Right now, Mother Nature is in charge", Bennett said.

The "Camp Fire" - as named by local officials - is expected to grow because of high winds and current dry conditions in the area.

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