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Smoke From Butte County Wildfire Prompts Bay Area Air Quality Advisory

Smoke From Butte County Wildfire Prompts Bay Area Air Quality Advisory”

A wildfire is hopscotching across a northern California county at a rate of roughly 80 football fields per minute, forcing evacuations, injuring residents and sending families racing from their homes.

An elementary school in the region was also forced to evacuate students after the fire came within half a mile of the campus, according to CNN. More evacuations are expected.

"When this fire started this morning wind speeds were 35 to 40 miles per hour gusts", Cal Fire spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff said.

A California wildfire raced across a northern county in the state on Thursday, reducing the town of Paradise to ashes and injuring residents and first responders, fire officials said. This video was shot on Highway 99, several miles to the southwest of Paradise.

"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed".

The Camp fire swept through Paradise, California, on Thursday, with officials saying at least 1,000 structures were destroyed.

The fire began around 6:33 a.m. on November 8 and swept through the area at a speed of about one football field every three seconds, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

"We're trying to get as many people out as quickly as possible and save as many lives as we can", he said. An emergency evacuation order was issued for several neighborhoods west of Los Angeles as firefighters frantically fought back the Woolsey Fire.

The fire forced the evacuation of patients from Paradise's main hospital to hospitals in Oroville and Chico. Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames.

As she fled, Gina Oviedo described a devastating scene in which flames engulfed homes, sparked explosions and toppled utility poles.

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Percifield said that he drove off the road a few times in the low visibility conditions but eventually made it to a meadow that is maintained for residents to gather in the event of fires. "We're doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas".

Her front lawn was on fire in about 30 minutes and she could not make it to her auto.

"There's nothing much left standing", he said. "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours".

"It's a very unsafe and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.

Maclean said an as yet unspecified number of civilians and firefighters had been injured, and that it could be days before authorities would know whether anyone had died. Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency.

Meanwhile, portions of Southern California remained under siege early Friday as two large fires threatened numerous Ventura County communities.

Flames consume a building as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., today.

"We have received reports of some fatalities, those reports have not yet been verified", Butte County Sheriff Kory Hones told a press conference.

The nearby Hill Fire covered about 4,000 hectares, according to Cal Fire.



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