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PARADISE EVACUATED: Fast-Growing Butte County Fire Has Already Burned 5000 Acres

PARADISE EVACUATED: Fast-Growing Butte County Fire Has Already Burned 5000 Acres

Fueled by intense winds and dry conditions, the "Camp Fire" which began in Butte County around 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning has already burned an estimated 5,000 acres with 0 percent containment, according to Cal Fire.

Butte County Sheriff's spokeswoman Miranda Bowersox said that all of Paradise, a town of about 27,000 people 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, was ordered to evacuate. He was wrong. It was the flush of the Camp Fire around the town that made him panic: "I was waving down people just anyone on the road just help me because i didn't have a auto or nothing".

The Redding Record-Searchlight reports that the evacuations have resulted in gridlock traffic on Skyway, the main route connecting Paradise and Chico, as people attempt to flee the area.

He is confirming reports that people had to abandon their vehicles as they try to flee the fast-moving fire.

Cal Fire is continuing to update which public agencies and media outlets are tallying road closures and evacuation orders. He said rescuers were trying to put them in other vehicles.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt John Gaddie told the Associated Press that some residents in Paradise had been trapped by the fire.

Shari Bernacett said her husband tried to get people to leave the Paradise mobile home park they manage and had minutes to evacuate.

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

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Pictures from the scene showed the two buses with bodies and luggage strewn across the road. Some passengers were trapped in the bus and could be heard crying for help.

The blaze is one of 14 now active in California.

He "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as many residents as possible, Bernacett said.

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.

In Chico, west of the fire, resident Tina Greer said the care home where her disabled son lives with five other patients was evacuating.

Greer works for a phone answering service that is handling numerous phone calls for the Feather River Hospital, which has been ordered to evacuate and is not responding to calls.

"It's got all the right conditions to have grown very large, very quickly", said Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart.

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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