Late Thursday morning, smoke was beginning to enter Contra Costa County which per fire officials is from Butte County. Colton Percifield captured the video while driving on Windermere Lane on November 8.
As people fled in cars, some abandoned their vehicles, running from encroaching flames as they held babies in their arms and pets, said Gina Oviedo, who described a devastating scene as she evacuated the town of Paradise. By 2:00 p.m. local time, it had grown to 18,000 acres, according to Cal Fire.
A fast-moving wildfire is rapidly spreading through northeastern California, growing to over 16,000 acres in under 12 hours and leading acting Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency.
One manager of a mobile home park said her husband had struggled to alert as many residents as possible to the fire, hammering on doors and screaming for people to leave. The message I want to get out is: "If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", he said. The Camp Fire is now moving out of the Paradise area toward Chico, a city with 93,000 residents.
Homes, hospitals and schools were destroyed in the town of 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.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company said about 14,000 residents of Butte and Plumas counties were without power due to fire activity and requests from firefighters to cut electricity in certain areas for safety, Sacramento Bee reported.More news: Ariana Grande Has Created the Perfect Breakup Anthem
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Billowing smoke and raging flames spread across California as wildfires in both northern and southern parts of the state injured people, forced evacuations and engulfed houses.
May said that BFD has sent a strike team of 5 engines led by a battalion chief to support firefighters in Butte County.
Kowlczyke's photo has since gone viral on social media. Over the course of the day, evacuation orders were issued in Paradise, Concow, and Pulga, towns about 200 miles north of San Francisco.
"Given the Butte County fire is within close proximity, as a precaution Adventist Health Feather River Medical Center is evacuating all patients".
Fire officials said the flames were being fueled by winds, low humidity, dry air and severely parched brush and ground from months without rain.
"There's nothing much left standing", he said.