Wind-Driven Camp Fire Barrels Through Northern California's Butte County

09 November, 2018, 09:00 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Santa Ana Winds in the Forecast Ramping up Extreme Fire Threat in Southern California

The Camp Fire, which started early on Thursday near Camp Creek, has been fuelled by strong winds and dry forest.

With late autumn winds fanning the flames of the California fires, causing some blazes to grow, these two dynamic maps are worth bookmarking, so you can stay up to date with the latest updates from affected areas in Northern California as well as Southern California. The smoke reported by residents in Berkeley, however, comes from a fire about 150 miles north in Butte County.

"We're trying to get as many people out as quickly as possible and save as many lives as we can", he said.

The blaze, known as the Camp Fire, is moving at an estimated 80 acres per minute.

May said the low humidity and the dryness of trees and brush are among the reasons for the Camp Fire and also pose a potential danger in Berkeley.

Resident Shari Bernacett told the Associated Press she "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to get mobile home residents in her area to leave as fire consumed the hillside.

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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. She said a group of 20 other patients were initially evacuated but then returned to the facility because of gridlocked traffic.

Flames consume a vehicle and building as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., today. "God help us!" Bernacett said before breaking down crying.

Groups of fleeing residents gathered in a Kmart parking lot in Paradise, with their dogs and some with horses, waiting to be evacuated, said Shelley Freeman who spoke to a relative and friends in Paradise.

A Red Flag Warning is in place through Friday morning in the Butte County area, and winds are expected to gust at speeds as high as 40 miles per hour overnight, according to the National Weathers Service.

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