Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Officials order evacuations as Camp Fire threatens Northern California

Wildfire Near Chico Grows To 5,000 Acres; Evacuations Ordered Massive wind-fueled fire threatens NorCal town of Paradise
Jeannette Daniel | 09 November, 2018, 03:54

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. My hometown of Paradise is on fire.

The massive plume from the Camp Fire, burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif., wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency in Butte County Thursday due to the "Camp Fire". Butte County CalFire Chief Darren Read said at a news conference that two firefighters and multiple residents were injured. He was wrong. It was the flush of the Camp Fire around the town that made him panic: "I was waving down people just anyone on the road just help me because i didn't have a vehicle or nothing".

A fast-moving wildfire roared through a Northern California town on Thursday, with reports of fatalities as it engulfed dozens of buildings and tens of thousands of people fled the flames, police and state authorities said. "I'm driving through fire as we speak".

"We're trying to get as many people out as quickly as possible and save as many lives as we can", he said. "We tried to get all the nondigital things that we could - you know, stuff that couldn't be replaced".

With limited escape routes from the town, which is built on a ridge, traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock, with residents forced to abandon vehicles and run from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said.

Cal Fire said several hundred structures have been been destroyed, but an official count won't be available until they can get into the area.

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"We're working very hard to get people out".

"We had to drive through flames to make it out safely", she said.

The Concow School sent its 60 students home shortly after the blaze, but many faculty members are anxious about their homes, said Golden Feather Union Elementary School District Superintendent Josh Peete.

Four hospital employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said. Officials have put most of Northern California is under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.

More than 40 patients were evacuated to other facilities.

Driven by high winds and dry conditions, the blaze dubbed the Camp Fire swept through the town of Paradise, with social media reports that a hospital, high school and K-Mart store were on fire.

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