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

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Massive wind-fueled fire threatens NorCal town of Paradise

Earlier, at 8 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff's Office issued evacuation orders for the area on both sides of Oro Chico Highway from Durham Dayton north to Estates Drive.

Evacuation orders are in place for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley while hundreds of firefighters battle the blaze.

Authorities in Northern California have ordered mandatory evacuations in a rural area where the wildfire has grown to 1,000 acres (405 hectares) amid hot and windy weather.

He says the agency is spread thin on resources but officials are "doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas". State fire authorities said they could not confirm the reports. The Associated Press said the Ventura County Fire Department had ordered evacuation of some communities in the path of the flames - not far from the site of a deadly mass shooting at a bar in the city of Thousand Oaks. Butte County CalFire Chief Darren Read said at a news conference that two firefighters and multiple residents were injured.


"This fire is very unsafe, please evacuate if asked to do so!" the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) tweeted. It's very surreal. Things always work out, but the unknown is a little scary. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.

A wildfire in Northern California has grown to almost 8 square miles (20 square kilometers) as officials rush to evacuate residents.

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.

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 warning will remain in effect until Friday morning, officials said.


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

A Red Flag Warning is in place through Friday morning in the Butte County area, and winds are expected to gust at speeds as high as 40 miles per hour overnight, according to the National Weathers Service.

Driven by strong winds and dry conditions, the blaze dubbed the Camp Fire swept through the town of Paradise, burning part of the local hospital and possibly destroying over a thousand homes and other structures, county and city officials said.


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