Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Intense videos show the Camp Fire ravaging Northern California

Intense videos show the Camp Fire ravaging Northern California

He confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles as they fled the scene.

A local fire official said there were multiple injuries among civilians and firefighters.

The fire is centered in the Feather River Canyon off Highway 70 about five miles east of the town of Paradise which has a population of near 26,000 people. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said some people at the hospital were trapped in a tunnel.

This photo taken from video provided by CBS2/KCAL9 shows a wildfire burning in Camarillo.

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.

"My husband tried his best to get everybody out". She said she did not know the exact number of people evacuated.

"The whole hill's on fire", she said while crying.

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Among them was Kim Curtis, who was searching for her grandmother, who told family at 8 a.m. today that she would flee her Paradise home in her Buick with her cat. 'There are dozens of strike teams that we're bringing in from all parts of the state'.

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.

"Basically, we haven't had rain since last May or before that", said Read, the fire chief. "It's a rapid rate of spread".

When he arrived there, patients were out in the front of the emergency room, where the roof had caught fire. But the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokeswoman Jill Kinney said.

Fire officials were working on a plan to rescue patients from a hospital after officials tried to evacuate them but had to turn back because of gridlocked traffic.

"It's very chaotic. It's a very bad fire", Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol said of the evacuation.

Driven by high winds and dry conditions, the blaze dubbed the Camp Fire swept through the town of Paradise, with social media reports that a hospital, high school and K-Mart store were on fire.

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