Published: Fri, November 09, 2018

Thousands evacuated over fast-moving California wildfire

Thousands evacuated over fast-moving California wildfire

A fast-moving wildfire in Northern California has grown rapidly, scorching some 18,000 acres and forced thousands of residents to evacuate, according to officials.

The Redding Record-Searchlight reports that the evacuations have resulted in gridlock traffic on Skyway, the main route connecting Paradise and Chico, as people attempt to flee the area.

He says the agency is spread thin on resources but officials are "doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas". McLean said that by the middle of the day, there was so much smoke in the air, it looked like it was nighttime.

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

She and her husband "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as numerous residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible to leave, Bernacett said.

A fast-moving Northern California wildfire burned dozens of structures on Thursday (Nov 8), injuring residents and firefighters, as tens of thousands of people fled in a "chaotic" mass evacuation, state authorities said.

Photos and videos on social media show just how intense the massive wildfire has become.

In Chico, west of the fire, resident Tina Greer said the care home where her disabled son lives with five other patients was evacuating. Multiple motorists have abandoned their vehicles. We're working very hard to get people out.


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

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. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.

She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through 12-foot high flames before getting to safety on Highway 99.

"Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming", he said. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 69 square kilometres, Gaddie said.

The Camp Fire, which started early on Thursday near Camp Creek, has been fuelled by strong winds and dry forest.

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.

At the hospital in Paradise, more than 60 patients were evacuated to other facilities and some buildings caught fire and were damaged.

Adventist Health Feather River, a hospital in Paradise, evacuated its patients on Thursday afternoon.

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