Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Drift Smoke from Butte County Fire Enters Contra Costa County

Drift Smoke from Butte County Fire Enters Contra Costa County

Neighbourhoods, schools and hospitals have been evacuated while some residents in the town of Paradise were trapped by the flames, officials say.

'Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming, ' he said.

An evacuation warning was issued for parts of Chico Thursday night as the Camp Fire blazed toward the city of 90,000 people.

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.

All of Paradise, a town of about 27,000 people 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, was ordered to evacuate, said Butte County Sheriff's spokeswoman Miranda Bowersox.

Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the fire-stricken area in Northern California.

He confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles as they fled the scene.

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Cal Fire tweeted that the fire was "very dangerous" and urged people to follow evacuation orders. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometers), Gaddie said.

Some of the patients were initially turned around during their evacuation because of gridlocked traffic and later airlifted to other hospitals, along with staff, Kinney said. "It's really dry and we have low humidity - and unfortunately those are great conditions for a fire to spread".

Thousands of people in California have had to flee ahead of a wildfire that has consumed thousands of hectares of land and continues to grow, courtesy of strong winds.

Video footage taken by ABC Redding affiliate KRCR showed the hospital surrounded by thick smoke as the fire illuminated the darkened sky in the background.

More than 40 patients were evacuated to other facilities.

The Camp Fire, which started early on Thursday near Camp Creek, has been fuelled by strong winds and dry forest.

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

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