Camp Fire burns through Northern California

Camp Fire burns through Northern California

Camp Fire burns through Northern California

The blaze began early on Thursday and quickly charred 3,237 hectares, forcing the evacuation of the 27,000 residents of Paradise, about 240 km northeast of San Francisco, and other communities, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a statement.

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

A hospital and 11 schools in Paradise, California, were forced to evacuate patients and students as the Camp Fire, which was sparked early Thursday, got uncomfortably close. The smoke reported by residents in Berkeley, however, comes from a fire about 150 miles north in Butte County.

Cal Fire spokesman Scott McClean said the fire is burning toward the city of Chico but he's "not necessarily" concerned the fire will breach the city limits. She said a group of 20 other patients were initially evacuated but then returned to the facility because of gridlocked traffic.

When he arrived there, patients were out in the front of the emergency room, where the roof had caught fire.

"This fire is very unsafe, please evacuate if asked to do so!" the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) tweeted. "We're still being very careful". "That's when I made a decision to get out".

Allana Hall captured photos of low-hanging black smoke stretching for miles as she and her boyfriend evacuated Paradise. "God help us!" Bernacett said before breaking down crying.

Shary Bernacett says she and her husband tried to get people to leave the mobile home park they manage in Paradise, California, with just minutes to evacuate as a wildfire approached the east side of town.

"We had to drive through flames to make it out safely", she said. The warning will remain in effect until Friday morning, officials said. En route to her sister's house in Chico, she told CNN she didn't have high hopes that her home survived.

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".

Four of the hospital's employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.

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

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