State of emergency declared as 'rapidly-moving' California fire grows

Evacuations ordered in Northern California as fast-moving wildfire spreads

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District also issued a warning Thursday afternoon, notifying residents of air quality impacts in the Bay Area due to the smoke drifting south from the Camp Fire.

Evacuations were also directed for all of Paradise, which is home to almost 27,000 residents, and nearby Pulga due to the Camp Fire, according to news reports.

Another blaze just west of that area, dubbed the Hill Fire, topped 10,000 acres on Thursday.

The Mendocino Complex Fire, which was finally contained in August at more than 410,000 acres, ended up being the largest complex fire in recorded California history.

Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images via Getty Images Juanita McLish sits on a curb after she and her husband lost their home in the Campfire blaze raging through Paradise, Calif., on November 8.

"We grabbed our animals and some food and some clothes and we're getting the heck out of here", one man said.

The conditions there are bone dry and erratic winds with speeds ranging from 20 to 55 miles per hour are rapidly fanning the flames. The fire has already consumed more than 8,000 acres.

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

As people fled in cars, some abandoned their vehicles, running from encroaching flames as they held babies in their arms and pets, said Gina Oviedo, who described a devastating scene as she evacuated the town of Paradise. "It's really dry and we have low humidity, and unfortunately those are great conditions for a fire to spread".

Santa Rosa police said the department and Napa County's fire dispatch center have been inundated with calls about the smoke. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.

Neighbourhoods, schools and hospitals have been evacuated while some residents in the town of Paradise were trapped by the flames, officials say. "God help us!" she said before breaking down crying.

The fire broke out early Thursday morning, "growing uncontrollably" across Butte County, California, at a rate of about 80 football fields per minute.

Tanah Clunies-Ross woke up in the dark to what sounded like lumps of coal raining down her Northern California home.

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

Google Maps continues to update its 2018 California fire map on the various blazes, as well as a Google Crisis Map with information about specific California wildfires including the Camp Fire.

The fast-moving Camp Fire advanced to the outskirts of the northern California city of Chico early on Friday after it left the nearby town of Paradise in ruins.



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