Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Deaths feared as wildfire engulfs North California town

Deaths feared as wildfire engulfs North California town

Smoke from a wildfire in Butte County has moved over the Bay Area Thursday, prompting an alert by air quality authorities.

The previous record had been set less than a year before in another catastrophic fire that burned through more than 280,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

A red flag warning is in effect through Friday morning, meaning that firefighters face high winds and low humidity that help spread the wildfire. My family is evacuated and safe. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames, carrying children and pets, officials said. An emergency evacuation order was issued for several neighborhoods west of Los Angeles as firefighters frantically fought back the Woolsey Fire. "I'm driving through fire as we speak". Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames.

A destructive and fast-moving wildfire erupted in northern California on Thursday morning, spreading rapidly due to a mix of howling winds and extremely dry conditions. He estimated that a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

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. We're working very hard to get people out. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.

Flames were engulfing homes, utility poles were crashing down and things were exploding, she said. "People started getting out of their vehicles and running".

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. "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours".

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

"We're getting them on other vehicles with room".


A burning sign is seen outside Paradise Skilled Nursing home during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018.

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

"It's very chaotic", said Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol.

Thirty-thousand people have been evacuated so far and the number of evacuees is expected to rise as embers push ahead of the fire.

"My husband tried his best to get everybody out".

"We're talking devastated", McLean said. "We're anxious sick. They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

Acting Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for Butte County. Cal Fire said dozens of resources have been called in from elsewhere in the state, as firefighters work to contain the quick-moving blaze.

"Right now, Mother Nature is in charge", spokesman Bryce Bennett told the Bee.

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