Thousands evacuated over fast-moving California wildfire

The massive plume from the Camp Fire burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise Calif. wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico Calif

Thousands evacuated over fast-moving California wildfire

Butte County Sheriff's Office ordered evacuations for Pulga, South Pine Zone, Old Magalia Zone and South Coutelenc Zone as of 10 a.m. Shelters opened at Oroville Nazarene Church at 9 a.m. and Neighborhood Church in Chico.

Allana Hall captured photos of low-hanging black smoke stretching for miles as she and her boyfriend evacuated Paradise.

The massive plume from the Camp Fire, burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif., wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

The destructive Camp Fire has already burned over 18,000 acres of Butte County, Northern California as of Thursday afternoon, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Butte County CalFire Chief Darren Read said at a news conference that two firefighters and multiple residents were injured.

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

Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate a fast-moving wildfire that exploded in size Thursday, threatening several Northern California communities and forcing panicked residents to race to help neighbors who had to drive through walls of flames to escape.

"Luckily, the fire broke out early enough that there were only a few students there and we had a plan".

He says the agency is spread thin on resources but officials are "doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas". The entire town has been evacuated, with traffic backing up throughout the area as residents try to get to safety.

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

"The whole hill's on fire", she said while crying.

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

Officials were sending as many firefighters as they could, Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart said.

Yesterday, Cal Fire officials said that parts of Northern and Southern California was under a "red flag" warning for critical fire weather "due to gusty winds, dry fuels & low humidity".

Four of the hospital's employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.

Evacuated hospital patients are being taken to hospitals throughout the region. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometers), Gaddie said.

The "Camp Fire" - as named by local officials - is expected to grow because of high winds and current dry conditions in the area.

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