Wildfire destroys most of California town of Paradise; thousands of structures burned

Wildfire destroys most of California town of Paradise; thousands of structures burned

Wildfire destroys most of California town of Paradise; thousands of structures burned

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.

Some of the patients were initially turned around during their evacuation because of gridlocked traffic and later airlifted to other hospitals, along with staff, Kinney said.

Resident Shari Bernacett told the Associated Press she "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to get mobile home residents in her area to leave as fire consumed the hillside. The whole hill's on fire.

'Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming, ' he said.

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He confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles as they fled the scene. 'There are dozens of strike teams that we're bringing in from all parts of the state'.

"We're getting them on other vehicles with room".

The wildfire was reported around daybreak.

"We're working very hard to get people out". Within six hours, it had grown to more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometers), Gaddie said.

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The dry heat and limited rainfall - in some places, no rainfall at all - contributed to the fire's spread.


At least one nursing home and hospital were evacuated and several homes were on fire, according to the Sacramento Bee, and the region is covered with thick, dark smoke.

Some of the hospital's 'outbuildings, ' such as out-patient clinics caught fire and were damaged but the main hospital was not, said Kinney.

The 5,000-acre fire started off Camp Creek Road and Pulga Road, Jarbo Gap, off state Highway 70 in Feather River Canyon, according to FOX 40. Other patients were taken to Oroville Hospital in the city of Oroville.

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"It's very chaotic. It's a very bad fire", Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol said of the evacuation.

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