Camp Fire in NorCal Quadruples in Size Overnight

Massive wind-fueled fire threatens NorCal town of Paradise

PARADISE EVACUATED: Fast-Growing Butte County Fire Has Already Burned 5000 Acres

Large swathes of land elsewhere in the state now remain under a Red Flag warning, which Cal Fire says is "issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours".

Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire near the town of Paradise has grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

"This fire is very risky, please evacuate if asked to do so!"

Authorities in Northern California have ordered mandatory evacuations in a rural area where the wildfire has grown to 1,000 acres (405 hectares) amid hot and windy weather.

Some of the first responders that rushed to the scene of the second mass shooting in less than two weeks in the United States were also helping out with fire-related duties. "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us".

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Fire officials issued evacuation notices for homes on the east side of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people situated about 145 kilometres north of Sacramento. "We tried to get all the nondigital things that we could - you know, stuff that couldn't be replaced", Peete said.

A second smaller fire, dubbed the Woosley Fire, also started Thursday and has burned 2,000 acres. However, on Thursday the place is very far from paradise: a rapidly growing wildfire encompassing 6,000 acres is closing in on the town, forcing its residents to drop everything and evacuate, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"It's a very unsafe and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.

"Had he not put out that fire, I would not have made it to the vehicle", she said.

A burning sign is seen outside Paradise Skilled Nursing home during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. He said approximately 40,000 residents in Butte County have been evacuated due to the Camp Fire.

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By 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Paradise resident Tanah Clunies-Ross said she could not see her vehicle from her front door through the cloud of smoke.

An official says the Camp Fire almost quadrupled in size overnight to almost 110 square miles across Butte County. A fire had broken out in her yard, blocking the path to her vehicle. They said there is room at the Oroville Nazarene Church and the Butte County Fairgrounds.

California is experiencing one of its worst fire years ever, with 621,743 acres (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.

Winds are expected to die down Friday morning and firefighters said that should help for now, but they are expected to pick back up again on Sunday.

According to Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Lillis, some 60 to 70 people were awaiting an emergency evacuation at a Walgreen's in Paradise.

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Emergency personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

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