Residents flee as Camp Fire tears through California towns

09 November, 2018, 23:00 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • California Fires Update: Chico Camp Fire in Butte County

Fire crews are calling for more evacuations as several wildfires rage throughout Northern and Southern California. The Woolsey fire burned dozens of homes and threatens at least 1,000 more.

"We're working very hard to get people out".

While no homes or businesses have been lost due to the fast-moving fire, a number of RVs and outbuildings have been burned and a firefighter suffered a minor injury, authorities said.

The Woosley Fire exploded from 2,000 acres to 8,000 in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in a matter of hours Thursday night into Friday.

"It's a very risky and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told the paper.

The Camp Fire began early Thursday in Paradise, about 90 miles north of Sacramento, burning 20,000 acres and threatening 15,000 structures as it moved west toward Chico Thursday night, according to Cal Fire officials.

When the order came to evacuate, it was like the entire town of 27,000 residents made a decision to leave at once, they said.

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

The Reno Fire Department and South Lake Fire Rescue have both sent strike teams to the fire, and the Placer County Sheriff's Office says they are heading that way to help with evacuations.

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"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean told KTVU on Friday. A video he took captures the hellacious conditions he described; thick smoke and heat surrounding the truck as the temperature rose inside, while giant sparks and flames licked the roof over his head in almost pitch-black darkness.

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

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.

A nurse called Rita Miller on Thursday morning, telling her she had to get her disabled mother, who lives a few blocks away, and flee Paradise immediately.

Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter said he was on a bulldozer that pushed cars out of the way Thursday to get to the Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in the town of Paradise.

"This fire is very risky, please evacuate if asked to do so!" A member of the town, Brynn Parrott Chatfield, shared a video of the fire while driving in a vehicle on Facebook.

The fire then pushed southward, jumped the wide U.S. 101 freeway before dawn Friday and pushed into the Santa Monica range.

Google Maps continues to update its 2018 California fire map on the various blazes, as well as a Google Crisis Map with information about specific California wildfires including the Camp Fire. Read said the blaze could destroy thousands of structures.

Fire officials characterized the inferno as explosive.

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