Evacuations ordered, structures destroyed as fast-moving "Camp Fire" grows in California

Evacuations ordered, structures destroyed as fast-moving

Evacuations ordered, structures destroyed as fast-moving "Camp Fire" grows in California

In Southern California, the Hill Fire broke out Thursday afternoon and grew to 8,000 to 10,000 acres while jumping a major highway.

Scott McLean, a spokesman for Cal Fire, said the fire in Northern California's Butte County has "destroyed the town". Residents awoke to the stench of smoke and the morning horizon drenched in an ashen-orange pallor that was hard to see or drive through, hindering evacuations.

Thick gray smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.

Gina Oviedo said there was fire everywhere as she got out of the town of Paradise about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco on Thursday. Emergency crews were working to help people evacuate there, he said.

May said the low humidity and the dryness of trees and brush are among the reasons for the Camp Fire and also pose a potential danger in Berkeley. "This does not look good at all", Mason said on Twitter.

"It's the black of night at 9 a.m.", McClean said. "It can't be there anymore".

At the hospital with the stranded patients, some buildings caught fire and were damaged, but the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokesperson Jill Kinney said.

Over 30,000 residents of Paradise, Butte Creek, and Magalia were ordered to evacuate, as were local hospitals, schools, and a retirement home.

The Concow School sent its 60 students home, but many faculty members are anxious about their homes, said Golden Feather Union Elementary School District Superintendent Josh Peete. "That's when I chose to get out".

About 500 firefighters are on the ground now, and 100 law enforcement officers are helping them.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company said about 14,000 residents of Butte and Plumas counties were without power due to fire activity and requests from firefighters to cut electricity in certain areas for safety, Sacramento Bee reported. She said she did not know the exact number of people evacuated. A temporary refuge has been created in a Walgreens to house people until they can leave for a safer area.

A home burns during the Camp fire in Paradise, California on November 08, 2018.

"Luckily, the fire broke out early enough that there were only a few students there and we had a plan".

A Red Flag Warning is in place through Friday morning in the Butte County area, and winds are expected to gust at speeds as high as 40 miles per hour overnight, according to the National Weathers Service. Gusts have reached speeds of 65 miles per hour.

Bernacett said she and her husband "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as numerous residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible to leave the area Thursday morning as authorities ordered the area evacuated.

Enloe Medical Center in nearby Chico received 24 patients, spokeswoman Jolene Francis said.

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