‘Camp Fire’ forces evacuations in Northern California

Camp Fire Smoke Smoke from the Camp Fire

Camp Fire Smoke Smoke from the Camp Fire

Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration to aid with multiple fires burning in California.

Cal Fire, which has been calling the wildfire Camp Fire in its incident reports, said it originated at Pulga and Camp Creek roads in Butte County.

"We hope the winds will die down around midnight", he said.

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

California is experiencing one of its worst fire years ever, with 251,610 hectares burned through Sunday in areas covered by Cal Fire, almost twice the amount during the same period of 2017 and almost triple the five-year average.

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.

Sky-darkening smoke from the Camp Fire in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif. on Thursday.

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

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She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety on Highway 99, she said.

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

Among them was Kim Curtis, who was searching for her grandmother, who told family at 8 a.m. today that she would flee her Paradise home in her Buick with her cat.

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

Some of the hospital's 'outbuildings, ' such as out-patient clinics caught fire and were damaged but the main hospital was not, said Kinney.

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

The Camp Fire has burned more than 5,000 acres and is still very active as it is wind driven.

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