Chico Camp Fire in Butte County

Leroy Wright
November 9, 2018

The fire is centered in the Feather River Canyon off Highway 70 about five miles east of the town of Paradise which has a population of near 26,000 people.

"Firefighters continue to be challenged with extreme fire and weather conditions including strong winds and with long range spotting", Cal Fire wrote on their website Thursday.

Emergency officials have issued multiple mandatory evacuations for parts of Northern California threatened by a 18,000-acre wildfire that started 80 miles north of Sacramento.

Some of the first responders that rushed to the scene of the second mass shooting in less than two weeks in the United States were also helping out with fire-related duties.

With a blaze in Butte County reddening the Berkeley skies and a fire in Oakland prompting full response from its fire department, Berkeley Fire Department is sending engines for support.

"By the time we got out, the flames were a half mile away from the school".

Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency because of the fire. "That's when I chose to get out". That helped double the size of the Woolsey Fire to 8,000 acres (3238 hectares), fire officials said. As of approximately 2:30 p.m., Cal Fire's Butte unit reported zero percent of the fire had been contained. "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us".

Rescuers used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out the way to reach Feather River Hospital and evacuate patients as flames engulfed the building, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter told reporters.

Raging wildfire reduces California town to ashes
Shelley Freeman says her family and friends scrambled to evacuate in Northern California as a fast-moving fire approached. Shelters opened at Oroville Nazarene Church at 9 a.m. and Neighborhood Church in Chico.

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. "As I was driving up.my doctor called me and said, 'You're cancer free'".

A home burns during the Camp fire in Paradise, California on November 08, 2018.

The scenes of devastation in Paradise, widely circulating on social media Friday morning, come as more than 75,000 homes have been ordered evacuated farther south in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where two other blazes rage. One of them was on fire, and some cars were driving through it, but she didn't want to chance it with the children in the auto, he said.

Kambourian said he started getting text messages from his church group on Thursday morning saying a fire had broken out in his hometown of Paradise.

Paradise sits in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, near the larger town of Chico and about 75 miles north of the state capital of Sacramento.

California is experiencing one of its worst fire years ever, with 621,743 acres (251,610 hectares) burned through Sunday in areas covered by Cal Fire, almost twice the amount during the same period of 2017 and almost triple the five-year average.

Camp Fire in Butte County Red circles on this live-updating map are actively burning areas, as detected by satellite.

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