Massive wind-fueled fire threatens NorCal town of Paradise

Camp Fire Smoke Smoke from the Camp Fire

Mandatory evacuations are underway in Northern California as the Camp Fire continues to blaze through at least 18,000 acres.

A fast-moving wildfire roared through a Northern California town on Thursday, with reports of fatalities as it engulfed dozens of buildings and tens of thousands of people fled the flames, police and state authorities said. Paradise itself is around 70 miles south of Redding, where the Carr Fire killed eight people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes in July. Fire officials said some structures have been destroyed in addition to injuries. He "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as many residents as possible, Bernacett said.

Photos and videos on social media show just how intense the massive wildfire has become.

"My husband tried his best to get everybody out". Emergency crews were working to help people evacuate there, he said.

"The whole hill's on fire", she said while crying. She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety, she said.

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.

BFD spokesperson Keith May said BFD is sending one engine to assist the City of Oakland as its fire department responds to a fire on Highway 13, just south of Joaquin Miller Road.

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.

The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise evacuated all its patients and staff, given its close proximity to the fire, and transported them safely to hospitals in neighboring towns, said Jill Kinney, an Adventist Health spokeswoman.

Four of the hospital's employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.

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

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