Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Thousands flee fast-moving wildfire in Northern California

Satellite Fire at 10:15
Melinda Barton | 09 November, 2018, 09:01

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". "People started getting out of their vehicles and running".

The sheriff confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles. He said rescuers were trying to put them in other vehicles. The entire town has been evacuated, with traffic backing up throughout the area as residents try to get to safety. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said. The Butte County Sheriff's Office has issued mandatory evacuation orders for most residents of Paradise and the smaller communities of Concow and Pulga.

The wildfire was reported at 6:30 a.m., affecting about 30,000 people, Rick Carhart, a Cal Fire spokesman, said.

Officials said the blaze has consumed more than 26 square miles so far.

With late autumn winds fanning the flames of the California fires, causing some blazes to grow, these two dynamic maps are worth bookmarking, so you can stay up to date with the latest updates from affected areas in Northern California as well as Southern California. "It's really dry and we have low humidity - and unfortunately those are great conditions for a fire to spread".

At least one nursing home and hospital were evacuated and several homes were on fire, according to the Sacramento Bee, and the region is covered with thick, dark smoke.

Medical personnel evacuate patients from the the Feather River Hospital.

On Thursday afternoon, California fire officials say the fire had expanded to about 18,000 acres, but its true size is hard to pinpoint because of heavy smoke, which can be seen from miles away.

This photo taken from video provided by CBS2/KCAL9 shows a wildfire burning in Camarillo.

Fortune will continue to update this post as California's 2018 fires continue to rage.

When he arrived there, patients were out in the front of the emergency room, where the roof had caught fire.

Hospital spokeswoman Jill Kinney said all patients were evacuated. "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the side of a road west of Paradise.