Drift Smoke from Butte County Fire Enters Contra Costa County

09 November, 2018, 10:03 | Author: Emmett Rice
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"We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the side of a road west of Paradise.

"Given the Butte County fire is within close proximity, as a precaution Adventist Health Feather River Medical Center is evacuating all patients".

"We hope the winds will die down around midnight", he said.

The massive plume from the Camp Fire, burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif., wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico, Calif., on Thursday. The smoke reported by residents in Berkeley, however, comes from a fire about 150 miles north in Butte County.

Some of the hospital's 'outbuildings, ' such as out-patient clinics caught fire and were damaged but the main hospital was not, said Kinney. It's very surreal. Things always work out, but the unknown is a little scary.

The fire also forced the evacuation of every school in Paradise, as well as a school in Concow to the east, school officials said.

As of Thursday afternoon, two firefighters and multiple civilians had been injured, while a significant number of structures were consumed, according to Butte County CalFire Chief Darren Read.

The blaze began early on Thursday and quickly charred 3,237 hectares, forcing the evacuation of the 27,000 residents of Paradise, about 240 km northeast of San Francisco, and other communities, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a statement. He "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as many residents as possible, Bernacett said.

"My husband tried his best to get everybody out".

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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.

Video footage taken by ABC Redding affiliate KRCR showed the hospital surrounded by thick smoke as the fire illuminated the darkened sky in the background.

Freeman says she's scared for everyone and feels helpless from far away.

Bernacett said she and her husband "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as numerous residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible to leave the area Thursday morning as authorities ordered the area evacuated. She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety, she said.

"Right now, Mother Nature is in charge", Bennett said.

Five people were burned in Paradise, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Yesterday, Cal Fire officials said that parts of Northern and Southern California was under a "red flag" warning for critical fire weather "due to gusty winds, dry fuels & low humidity".

The "Camp Fire" - as named by local officials - is expected to grow because of high winds and current dry conditions in the area.

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