Thousands Flee Fast-Moving Wildfire In Northern California

Thousands Flee Fast-Moving Wildfire In Northern California

Flames were engulfing homes, utility poles were crashing down and things were exploding, she said.

Mandatory evacuations are underway in Northern California as the Camp Fire continues to blaze through at least 18,000 acres.

The school closures cover all districts in the county, including those in Paradise, Chico, Oroville and the Butte County Office of Education as well.

"Had he not put out that fire, I would not have made it to the vehicle", she 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. "We're doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas". "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.

Evacuations were also directed for all of Paradise, which is home to almost 27,000 residents, and nearby Pulga due to the Camp Fire, according to news reports.

Evacuation orders are in place for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley while hundreds of firefighters battle the blaze.

Since starting at 6:30 a.m. PT just north of Sacramento, the fire is consuming 80 acres per minute - photos show that smoke is already reaching the Bay Area about 150 miles away. Within roughly six hours, the fire had grown to more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometers), said Gaddie.

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The gusts blowing down the mountain slopes not only fan flames but also dry out the land surface, lowering relative humidity levels to 10 percent - creating tinderbox conditions for the spread of fire.

The blaze surrounded the Feather River Hospital, causing hospital staff to evacuate patients via life flight and search and rescue teams, McClean said.

More than 40 patients were evacuated to other facilities.

Officials were sending as many firefighters as they could, Cal Fire spokesperson Rick Carhart said.

Flames consume a auto and building as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., today.

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. He started putting out the fire and yelled at her to get back inside, she says.

Hospital spokeswoman Jill Kinney said all patients were evacuated.

"I'm on the phone crying, talking to my husband, just hoping I can get out of there", she said.

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