Evacuations ordered as fast-moving "Camp Fire" grows in California

Wildfire Near Chico Grows To 5,000 Acres; Evacuations Ordered

Wildfire Near Chico Grows To 5,000 Acres; Evacuations Ordered

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

Sky-darkening smoke from the Camp Fire in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif. on Thursday.

Freeman says her friend described being surrounded by explosions in the parking lot and soon being unable to see the fire because of all the smoke.

Google's 2018 Statewide Fire Map for California lists all the active fires in the state for which California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is responding.

Authorities were working on a plan to remove patients from a hospital after rescuers had to turn back because of gridlocked traffic. 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".

Shari Bernacett said her husband tried to get people to leave the Paradise mobile home park they manage and had minutes to evacuate.

As winds approached 50 mph (80 km/h), causing the fire to grow rapidly in just a few hours, some residents were forced to abandon vehicles and escape on foot, local media reported.

The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise evacuated all its patients and staff, given its close proximity to the fire, and transported them safely to hospitals in neighboring towns, said Jill Kinney, an Adventist Health spokeswoman.

The fire started around 6:30 a.m. She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety, she said. Her 25-year-old son has cerebral palsy, needs a wheelchair to get around and is fed through a tube.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office issued evacuation orders and warnings for numerous fire zones in the area.

Greer says heavy ash is falling in Chico, about 14 miles (22 kilometers) west of the fire.

The California Highway Patrol closed Highway 70 near the fire and urged motorists to avoid the area.

"It's got all the right conditions to have grown very large, very quickly", said Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart.

The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for fire dangers in many areas of the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue through Friday evening.

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