Publicado: Vie, Noviembre 09, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Evacuations ordered as fast-moving "Camp Fire" grows in California

Evacuations ordered as fast-moving

The Camp Fire began early Thursday morning near Camp Creek Road and Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon.

Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town. She said people left their vehicles and ran when they started hearing explosions.

Google's 2018 Statewide Fire Map for California lists all the active fires in the state for which California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is responding.

He is confirming reports that people had to abandon their vehicles as they try to flee the fast-moving fire. "We're trying to get as many people out as quickly as possible and save as many lives as we can".

Shari Bernacett said her husband tried to get people to leave the Paradise mobile home park they manage and had minutes to evacuate. The company also said about 14,000 residents in Butte County and neighboring Plumas County were without power.

Rick Carhart, a Cal Fire spokesman, said the wildfire was reported at 6:30 a.m., affecting about 30,000 people in the towns of Paradise, Concow and other small communities.

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

Adventist Health Feather River, a hospital in Paradise, evacuated its patients on Thursday afternoon.

The hospital is in Paradise, a town of about 27,000 people 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

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The Chico Enterprise-Record reports that a retirement home and Ponderosa Elementary School were also evacuated.

Authorities were working on a plan to remove patients from a hospital after rescuers had to turn back because of gridlocked traffic.

Fire authorities did not indicate how the blaze started.

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.

She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety on Highway 99, she said.

She says the air is black with smoke and ash. The fire has already consumed more than 8,000 acres. Her 25-year-old son has cerebral palsy, needs a wheelchair to get around and is fed through a tube.

"The blaze is being driven by fairly strong winds", Carhart said.

A red flag warning is in effect in the area, meaning Thursday will bring strong winds and low humidity that threaten to spread the wildfire.

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