'Whole town is burning': Residents flee Northern California wildfire
'Whole town is burning': Residents flee Northern California wildfire
FIRE PIC 1 CAL FIRE BUTTEcredit Cal Fire Butte County
09 November, 2018, 06:52
Officials at the Butte County Sheriff's office and Cal Fire, the state agency responsible for fighting wildfires, ordered evacuations throughout the morning for rural communities in the path of the wildfire, including Paradise, California, which is home to more than 26,000 people.
Thousands of residents are evacuating Northern California as an uncontained, fast-moving wildfire approaches several towns in the Sierra foothills.
Tina Greer says the Paradise care home where her disabled son lives with five other patients is evacuating, but it takes time to pack the patients' medical equipment and medicine.
Cal Fire said several hundred structures have been been destroyed, but an official count won't be available until they can get into the area.
The fire and evacuations led to gridlock traffic in Paradise, and multiple drivers abandoned their vehicles, Sacramento Bee reported.
'The blaze is being driven by fairly strong winds, ' Carhart said. 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". "Once it got going it picked up very rapidly".
"My husband tried his best to get everybody out". Later, the sheriff's office included the campus in its evacuation orders.
Flames consume a home as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise. The smoke was so thick it appeared she was driving at night.
Heavy ash was falling in Chico, she said. "It can't be there anymore".
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt John Gaddie told the Associated Press that some residents in Paradise had been trapped by the fire.
She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety on Highway 99, she said. "I'm moving to Mammoth (Lake) the end of this month so we may head there early". The Camp Fire is now moving out of the Paradise area toward Chico, a city with 93,000 residents.
Pulga is 30 miles north of Oroville and 130 miles north of Sacramento. From the Costco parking lot in Paradise, light from the flames lit up the morning horizon.
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. At that rate, it's burning a football field every 3 seconds.
McLean estimated that a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town of 27,000 residents about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, was ordered to get out.
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