California hospital evacuates patients ahead of fast-moving Camp Fire

Lester Mason
November 9, 2018

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.

Bernacett said 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 the area Thursday morning as authorities ordered the area evacuated.

Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in the area.

Thousands of residents are evacuating Northern California as an uncontained, fast-moving wildfire approaches several towns in the Sierra foothills.

Everyone in Paradise, a community of 27,000 people about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, was ordered to get out.

It was not immediately known if there were injuries or fatalities. The company also said about 14,000 residents in Butte County and neighboring Plumas County were without power.

Oviedo described a devastating scene, saying homes were engulfed in flames and utility poles were crashing down. "People started getting out of their vehicles and running".

The California Highway Patrol shut down Highway 99, a major north-south thoroughfare, advising people to avoid the area.

"It's bad", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told the Enterprise-Record. "I'm driving through fire as we speak. We were able to get them home pretty quick", he said. She said she did not know the exact number of people evacuated. The entire town has been evacuated, with traffic backing up throughout the area as residents try to get to safety. The whole hill's on fire. "God help us!" Bernacett said before breaking down crying.

Officials were sending as many firefighters as they could, Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart said.

"When this fire started this morning wind speeds were 35 to 40 miles per hour gusts", Cal Fire spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff said. "There are dozens of strike teams that we're bringing in from all parts of the state". "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the side of a road west of Paradise.

Officials said the blaze has consumed more than 26 square miles so far.

"We had to drive through flames to make it out safely", she said.

According to the National Weather Service, the strong winds are expected to continue through Friday.

"Given the Butte County fire is within close proximity, as a precaution Adventist Health Feather River Medical Center is evacuating all patients".

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