Thousands Evacuated Due to Fast-Moving Wildfire in Butte County

Camp Fire Smoke Smoke from the Camp Fire

The Butte County Camp Fire has burned over 8,000 acres of land and is zero percent contained as of press time, according to information released by the CAL FIRE Butte Unit and the Butte County Fire Department on their shared twitter account. The Butte County Sheriff's Office has issued mandatory evacuation orders for most residents of Paradise and the smaller communities of Concow and Pulga. Paradise itself is around 70 miles south of Redding, where the Carr Fire killed eight people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes in July. McLean said that by the middle of the day, there was so much smoke in the air, it looked like it was nighttime.

Officials were sending as many firefighters as they could, Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart said. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometers), Gaddie said.

'My husband tried his best to get everybody out. God help us!' Bernacett said before breaking down crying. The whole hill's on fire.

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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.

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

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.

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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".

At the hospital with the stranded patients, some buildings caught fire and were damaged, but the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokesperson Jill Kinney said.

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

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Driven by high winds and dry conditions, the blaze dubbed the Camp Fire swept through the town of Paradise, with social media reports that a hospital, high school and K-Mart store were on fire.

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