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Several hundred structures believed destroyed in Butte County wildfire

UPDATE (10:35 p.m.) – Tens of thousands of people are leaving the fast-moving fire blazing in Butte County in Northern California.

CAL FIRE Capt. Scott McLean said he estimated a couple thousand structures were destroyed in a town with 27,000 residents.

CAL FIRE says the extent of the damage is not known.

Butte County CAL FIRE Chief Darren Read said two firefighters and several people that live in the area have been hurt.


UPDATE (10:00 p.m.) – The Camp Fire burning in Butte County is still holding at 20,000 acres as of latest update.

Evacuation orders were established for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley.

15,000 structures are threatened.

Forest Ranch is under an evacuation warning.

For more information on evacuations, click here.

According to CAL FIRE’s website, Highway 70 is closed between Pentz Road to the Plumas County line. HIghway 99 is closed from the 149/99 junction to 9th street.

For more information on road closures, click here.

More than 2200 firefighters are on the ground battling the fire. They’re facing extreme fire and weather conditions, including strong winds.


UPDATE (7:13 p.m.) – Many people who fled the town of Paradise to escape the Camp Fire say they don’t know whether their homes survived the now 20,000-acre blaze.

Police Chief Eric Reinbold is in that group. Reinbold said Thursday he lives in the middle of town and doesn’t know if his house is standing.

An officer who helped residents escape the fire says the town has been devastated.

Mark Bass said he returned to town to find offices, large stores and restaurants leveled or burning. Officer John Barker said he was briefly trapped by fire while trying to get people out, with flames across the road in front of him and behind him.

Officials are also describing a harrowing effort to rescue patients from the Adventist Health Feather River Hospital.

Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter said he was on a bulldozer that pushed cars out of the way Thursday to get to the hospital. When he arrived there, patients were out in the front of the emergency room, where the roof had caught fire.

He said sheriff’s deputies helped patients evacuate. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said some people at the hospital were trapped in a tunnel.

Hospital spokeswoman Jill Kinney said all patients were evacuated.


 

UPDATE (5:15 p.m.) – A California fire official says he has reports of several hundred structures that have been destroyed by the Camp Fire in Butte County, but officials say they won’t have an exact count until they can get into the area.

Butte County CAL FIRE Chief Darren Read said Thursday the destruction in the town of Paradise could be upward of a thousand structures. Officials have ordered the town of about 27,000 people to evacuate.

An AP photographer found businesses and homes leveled or in flames, including a liquor store and gas station.

Read said the fire has also injured two firefighters and multiple civilians.


 

UPDATE (4:05 p.m.) – A CAL FIRE official says people are trapped in the town of Paradise amid evacuations ordered because of the Camp Fire.

Capt. John Gaddie said crews were still focused Thursday on helping people get out of the town.

Gaddie said he was aware of four or five injuries, but no deaths. He said the fast-moving flames forced fire crews to shelter people at a Walgreens and other locations until flames passed through.

Action News Now is live at the Butte County Sheriffs office for a press conference with an update on the fire.

Posted by Action News Now on Thursday, November 8, 2018


 

UPDATE (3:50 p.m.) – Pacific Gas & Electric Company says it has shut off power to some customers and suspended natural gas service because of the Camp Fire.

PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno said about 34,000 customers in Butte and Plumas counties are without power. The fire has consumed about 18,000 acres and forced residents of the town of Paradise to evacuate. The town of about 27,000 people is 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

San Francisco Bay Area air quality officials say the fire is sending smoke into the area, and children, elderly and people with respiratory problems should take precautions. The sky was hazy in San Francisco.


 

UPDATE (2:40 p.m.) – CAL FIRE reports the Camp Fire in Butte County has exploded to 18,000 acres.

Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom is declaring a state of emergency for Butte County because of the wildfire.

Fire officials say the blaze has destroyed structures and injured civilians but how many structures and the extent of those injuries are unknown.

A spokeswoman for a Paradise hospital that evacuated because of the fire says 20 patients had to go back to the facility because of gridlocked traffic. Adventist Health Feather River Hospital spokeswoman Jill Kinney said Thursday clinics and other outbuildings were on fire or had been damaged, but the main hospital was untouched.


 

UPDATE (1:45 p.m.) – CAL FIRE says there is no containment of the 8,000-acre Camp Fire burning in Butte County.

Evacuation orders have been established for the communities of Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon, and Butte Valley.

People who have evacuated the area are being encouraged to register on the American Red Cross “Safe and Well” website. Family members and friends can also use the website to search the list of registrants.


 

UPDATE (12:55 p.m.) – The Camp Fire burning in Butte County has grown to 8,000 acres. It started at about 6:30 a.m. on Thursday just east of the town of Paradise.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says the fire is a “very dangerous and serious situation.”

He is confirming reports that people had to abandon their vehicles as they try to flee the fast-moving fire.

He says the agency is spread thin on resources but officials are “doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas.”

At least 27,000 people in the town of Paradise about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco were ordered to flee Thursday.

Honea says he wants people to know that if they can evacuate, they need to evacuate.

Camp Fire Update from Cal Fire.

Posted by Action News Now on Thursday, November 8, 2018

 



 

(11:32 a.m.) – Authorities in Northern California have ordered mandatory evacuations in a rural area where a wildfire has grown to 5,000 acres amid hot and windy weather.

The Butte County Sheriff’s office says an evacuation order was issued Thursday for areas of Paradise, a town of about 27,000 people 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

The California Highway Patrol closed Highway 70 near the fire and urged motorists to avoid the area.

Fire officials say firefighters are working to access the area and that the blaze continues to spread.

The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for fire dangers in many areas of the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue through Friday evening.

EVACUATION ORDERS AND WARNINGS:

  • Highway 32 at Nople Avenue to the Butte County line and the Chico city limits
  • Skyway from Lower Paradise to the Chico city limits
  • Nimshew Zone
  • Lower Clark and Lower Skyway zones
  • Highway 70 from Concow south, including all of Yankee Hill
  • Pentz and 70 south to 149, including Butte College
  • Centerville and Butte Creek areas
  • Lower Neal and Upper Honey Run zones
  • Lower Clark and Lower Skyway zones
  • Nimshew Zone
  • Carnegie, North Pines, North Fir Haven, South Fir Haven zones
  • South Pine, Old Magalia, South Coutelenc zones
  • Zones 11 & 12
  • Zones 2, 6, 7 & 13
  • Pentz Road in Paradise east to Highway 70
  • Town of Pulga

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