Hundreds of buildings destroyed in Northern California fire

09 November, 2018, 15:42 | Author: Carlos George
  • Camp Fire Smoke Smoke from the Camp Fire

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.

PARADISE, California-A fast-moving wildfire roared through a Northern California town on November 8, with reports of fatalities as it engulfed dozens of buildings and tens of thousands of people fled the flames, police and state authorities said.

Evacuations were also directed for all of Paradise, which is home to almost 27,000 residents, and nearby Pulga due to the Camp Fire, according to news reports.

On social media, many have been sharing images of highways and roads flanked by fire or covered in heavy smoke and asking for help to evacuate friends and family.

With Paradise located on a ridge and escape routes limited, traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock.

The sheriff confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles. The normally two-way road has been converted to one-way to allow more people to escape.

The area of Cherokee from Highway 70 to the lake south to Table Mountain Boulevard is also under evacuation order, as well as the area northeast of the city along Highway 32 from Nople Avenue to the city limits.

As they've already done multiple times this year, KRCR-TV in Redding has switched over to full live fire coverage.

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Honea says resources are spread thin, but officials are "doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas". We're working very hard to get people out. By nightfall, it had consumed more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers) and firefighters had no containment on the blaze, McLean said.

The patients were taken to Oroville Hospital and Enloe Medical Center, the statement said.

One manager of a mobile home park said her husband had struggled to alert as many residents as possible to the fire, hammering on doors and screaming for people to leave.

Thick grey smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away. "We tried to get all the nondigital things that we could - you know, stuff that couldn't be replaced". "God help us!", Shary Bernacett said.

"The blaze is being driven by fairly strong winds", Carhart said. Cal Fire said dozens of resources have been called in from elsewhere in the state, as firefighters work to contain the quick-moving blaze.

"We're getting them on other vehicles with room".

"Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming", he said.

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