Drift Smoke from Butte County Fire Enters Contra Costa County

Pauline Gross
November 9, 2018

Flames consume a home as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise. The fire destroyed about 1,000 structures in Paradise, including a church and some buildings at a local hospital, according to Cal Fire and interviews with residents. "The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out". Even though Chico is more than 150 miles north of San Francisco, a smoke advisory has been issued for the entire Bay Area, as well as other parts of Northern California. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

Residents described fleeing their homes and then getting stuck on gridlocked roads as flames approached, sparking explosions and toppling utility poles.

"Things started exploding", Oviedo said.

"I hope people got out".

An Associated Press photographer saw dozens businesses and homes leveled or in flames, including a liquor store and gas station.

"It's a very risky and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told The Associated Press. "As I was driving up.my doctor called me and said, 'You're cancer free'".

The California Highway Patrol shut down Highway 99, a major north-south thoroughfare, advising people to avoid the area.

Fire authorities did not indicate how the blaze started.

Acting Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for Butte County.

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. He "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as many residents as possible, Bernacett said.

Herrera, who lives in Paradise with her 88-year-old husband Lou Herrera, left a frantic voicemail at around 9:30 a.m. saying they needed to get out.

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Allana Hall said this marks the second time she has fled a California fire. She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety, she said.

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

One Paradise resident who fled the encroaching blaze told the Bee: "It was so hot. And just praying for a miracle, honestly", Ms Curtis said. State fire authorities said they could not confirm the reports.

"Right now, Mother Nature is in charge", Bennett said.

"It was absolutely dark", said resident Mike Molloy, who said he made a split decision based on the wind to leave Thursday morning, packing only the minimum and joining a sea of other vehicles. Emergency crews were working to help people evacuate there, he said.

"Everything was ignited by the time I got out of my house, everything was on fire", another person said.

The wildfire was reported around daybreak. By nightfall, it had consumed more than 28 square miles and firefighters had no containment, McLean said.

Social media was flooded with apocalyptic imagery of smoke-filled skies and horizon lines of neon orange.

A red flag warning is in effect through Friday morning, meaning that firefighters face high winds and low humidity that help spread the wildfire. "Everything is a very receptive fuel bed".

Medical personnel evacuate patients from the the Feather River Hospital.

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