Wind-Driven Camp Fire Barrels Through Northern California's Butte County

Wind-Driven Camp Fire Barrels Through Northern California's Butte County

Wind-Driven Camp Fire Barrels Through Northern California's Butte County

- More than 18,000 acres have been scorched in a matter of hours burning with it a hospital, a gas station and dozens of homes. "Those reports have not yet been verified", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference.

"Luckily, the fire broke out early enough that there were only a few students there and we had a plan. We're doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas".

The blaze erupted as windy weather swept the state, creating extreme fire danger. As of Thursday afternoon, evacuations were added for several counties as the Camp Fire continued to pick up speed in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The California fire map also includes info about air quality, evacuation orders, shelters, fire containment statistics, road closures, and more.

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, Bernacett 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.

She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety on Highway 99, she said.

Local media reports have shown images of traffic moving away from the plumes of smoke and orange glow of the wildfire.

One Paradise resident who fled the encroaching blaze told the Bee: "It was so hot".

A local fire official said there were multiple injuries among civilians and firefighters.

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

Two separate calls to emergency responders reported a woman in labor for a "high-risk" pregnancy was in a vehicle on the side of Clark Road, the newspaper reported. Rescuers were trying to put them in other vehicles, he said. "Once it got going it picked up very rapidly".

He says he wants people to know that if they can evacuate, they need to evacuate.

Officials said the blaze has consumed more than 26 square miles so far.

Yesterday, Cal Fire officials said that parts of Northern and Southern California was under a "red flag" warning for critical fire weather "due to gusty winds, dry fuels & low humidity".

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.

Evacuated hospital patients are being taken to hospitals throughout the region.

He said sheriff's deputies helped patients evacuate.

The California Highway Patrol closed a nearby highway and urged motorists to avoid the area.

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