Officials order evacuations as Camp Fire threatens Northern California

10 November, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed", California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Scott McLean told NBC News.

The extent of people's injuries was not immediately known as officials could not access the unsafe area, 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

The Camp Fire also began on the same day as a pair of fires in Southern California, the Woolsey and Hill Fires.

On Thursday afternoon, California fire officials said the fire had expanded to about 18,000 acres, but its true size is hard to pinpoint because of heavy smoke, which can be seen from miles away.

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

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

Honea says resources are spread thin, but officials are "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".

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Residents described fleeing their homes and then getting stuck on gridlocked roads as flames approached, sparking explosions and toppling utility poles.

Percifield said that he drove off the road a few times in the low visibility conditions but eventually made it to a meadow that is maintained for residents to gather in the event of fires.

Authorities said preliminary investigations showed the victims were located in cars that were overcome by the fire, known as the Camp Fire.

"There's nothing much left standing", he said. Rescuers were trying to put them in other vehicles, he said.

An used auto dealership is seen engulfed in flames during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.

Social media was flooded with apocalyptic imagery of smoke-filled skies and horizon lines of neon orange. Her father, a lineman for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, was called in from another district to help shut down power, she said.

Medical personnel evacuate patients from the the Feather River Hospital.

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"It's very chaotic", Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol said.

The Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018.

Morgan Mason said her father told her that he could hear propane tanks blowing up all over Paradise this morning.

"God help us!" she said before breaking down crying. "They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

Authorities were working to evacuate residents from their homes as strong winds swept seasonal wildfires across the state, consuming more than 26 miles of territory on Thursday alone.

On Friday, Newsom also declared a state of emergency for the raging fires also ravaging Ventura County near Los Angeles as well.

One blaze, dubbed the "Woolsey Fire", started in the Simi Valley and within 12 minutes had jumped across the 101 Freeway.

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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.

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