Deaths feared as wildfire engulfs North California town

Deaths feared as wildfire engulfs North California town

Deaths feared as wildfire engulfs North California town

The massive plume from the Camp Fire, burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif., wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico, Calif., on Thursday. It appears the wildfire grew from 1,000 acres to 5,000 in three hours' time.

Cal Fire tweeted that the fire was "very dangerous" and urged people to follow evacuation orders.

Flames consume a vehicle and building as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., today. The whole hill's on fire.

At least 27,000 people in Paradise were ordered to flee.

Butte County Sherriff Kory Honea told the Chico Enterprise-Record that "it's bad". Fire officials said some structures have been destroyed in addition to injuries. "We were able to get them home pretty quick", he said. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.

A fast-moving wildfire roared through a Northern California town on Thursday, with reports of fatalities as it engulfed dozens of buildings and tens of thousands of people fled the flames, police and state authorities said.

The fire started early Thursday.

"This fire is very risky, please evacuate if asked to do so!" the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) tweeted. The friend waiting there with dogs in her vehicle described to her all the trees around the store as on fire. The friend told Freeman that all the trees around the store were on fire, and there were explosions and thick dark smoke. Those she has heard from say the roads are gridlocked.

California wildfires are burning again, with the Camp Fire near Chico the latest large fire to erupt in Northern California.

Some of the hospital's 'outbuildings, ' such as out-patient clinics caught fire and were damaged but the main hospital was not, said Kinney.

Cal Fire said Wednesday that a Red Flag Warning was issued for most of Northern California's interior as well as parts of Southern California through Friday morning.

"We had to drive through flames to make it out safely", she said. McLean said that by the middle of the day, there was so much smoke in the air, it looked like it was nighttime.

A wildfire in Northern California has grown to almost 8 square miles (20 square kilometers) as officials rush to evacuate residents.

He said sheriff's deputies helped patients evacuate. Her 25-year-old son has cerebral palsy, needs a wheelchair to get around and is fed through a tube. The company also said about 14,000 residents in Butte County and neighboring Plumas County were without power.

Greer works for a phone answering service that is handling numerous phone calls for the Feather River Hospital, which has been ordered to evacuate and is not responding to calls.

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

As of Thursday afternoon, two firefighters and multiple civilians had been injured, while a significant number of structures were consumed, according to Butte County CalFire Chief Darren Read.

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