Separate wildfires rip through California, thousands flee

Separate wildfires rip through California, thousands flee

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. "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the side of a road west of Paradise. To make matters worse, as the flames approached, they sparked explosions and toppled utility poles. "As I was driving up.my doctor called me and said, 'You're cancer free'". "People started getting out of their vehicles and running".

Residents fleeing a northern California town that officials say was "destroyed" by a fast-moving wildfire were suddenly forced to abandon their vehicles in traffic and run for their lives as "things started exploding" around them. He said rescuers were trying to put them in other vehicles. We're working very hard to get people out. "That's when I chose to get out".

At least 27,000 people in the town of Paradise about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco were ordered to flee.

In Northern California, the Camp Fire advanced rapidly to the outskirts of the city of Chico early on Friday, forcing thousands to flee after it left the nearby town of Paradise in ruins, California fire officials said.

Based on a report from the university's emergency operations center and overnight monitoring of the fire, "firefighting efforts and favorable weather conditions, including a decrease in wind gusts", kept the 20,000-acre fire from breaching city limits overnight, the university tweeted at about 6 a.m. Friday. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometers), Gaddie said.

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

The strong winds seen in the Bay Area also pose a danger by enabling the spread of fire, according to May.

Flames consume a building as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, California.

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Medical personnel evacuate patients from the the Feather River Hospital. She said a group of 20 other patients were initially evacuated but then returned to the facility because of gridlocked traffic.

Photos and videos on social media show just how intense the massive wildfire has become.

Firefighters battle to save structures while battling the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.

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

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

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

She and her husband "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as numerous residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible, Bernacett said.

Herrera, who lives in Paradise with her 88-year-old husband Lou Herrera, left a frantic voicemail at around 9:30 a.m. saying they needed to get out.

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