Camp Fire Closes Schools In Butte County On Friday

Lamar Ellis
November 10, 2018

"I'm driving through fire as we speak". That assessment was echoed by Scott McLean, a spokesperson for CALFIRE, who told the Los Angeles Times that the Camp Fire "has destroyed the town".

A wildfire is hopscotching across a northern California county at a rate of roughly 80 football fields per minute, forcing evacuations, injuring residents and firefighters, and sending families racing from their homes.

The scenes of devastation in Paradise, widely circulating on social media Friday morning, come as more than 75,000 homes have been ordered evacuated farther south in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where two other blazes rage.

The fire in Paradise burned fast, reports CBS News' David Begnaud. The size of the fire is about 110 square miles, he said Friday. State fire authorities said they could not confirm the reports.

"There are many hazards in areas where fatalities have been reported", the Butte County Sheriff's Department said in a statement, warning that they expect to find additional victims. The message I want to get out is: "If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", he said.

Bass is an officer in the nearby town of Chico.

Percifield said that he drove off the road a few times in the low visibility conditions but eventually made it to a meadow that is maintained for residents to gather in the event of fires. "As it burned, it was able to get into an area where winds started to push it, and pushed it towards the Paradise area through a community called Concow, and jumped a canyon". The fire was three feet from my auto. To make matters worse, as the flames approached, they sparked explosions and toppled utility poles.

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The Camp fire swept through Paradise, California, on Thursday, with officials saying at least 1,000 structures were destroyed.

Thick gray smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away. "People leaving vehicles and running with children and pets". Some buildings caught fire and were damaged but the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokeswoman Jill Kinney said. Hospital patients were transferred to Oroville Hospital and Enloe Medical Center.

Morgan Mason said her father told her that he could hear propane tanks blowing up all over Paradise this morning.

TV personality Adrienne Janic said on Twitter that firefighters were using her home as a command centre. "They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

The flames are being driven by southern California's notorious Santa Ana winds, which blow from the northeast toward the coast.

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the U.S. 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains. At one point, the unrelenting flames burned about 2,000 acres per hour taking down everything - big box stores, homes, and businesses - in its path.

Fire officials said they expected it to burn all the way to the ocean. Authorities shut down the 101 Freeway in both directions at Camarillo Springs Road.

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