Wind-Driven Camp Fire Barrels Through Northern California's Butte County

Wind-Driven Camp Fire Barrels Through Northern California's Butte County

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. "Those reports have not yet been verified", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference. "I'm driving through fire as we speak".

"We're trying to get as many people out as quickly as possible and save as many lives as we can", he said.

"We're getting them on other vehicles with room. The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.

The Butte County Sheriff's office said an evacuation order was issued for areas of Paradise, a town of about 27,000 people 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

As winds approached 50 mph (80 km/h), causing the fire to grow rapidly in just a few hours, some residents were forced to abandon vehicles and escape on foot, local media reported.

"The blaze is being driven by fairly strong winds", Carhart said. Dry, windy conditions are making it hard to contain the fire.

Thick grey smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.

More than 40 patients were evacuated to other facilities.

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Cal Fire said several hundred structures have been been destroyed, but an official count won't be available until they can get into the area.

This photo taken from video provided by CBS2/KCAL9 shows a wildfire burning in Camarillo.

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

Fortune will continue to update this post as California's 2018 fires continue to rage.

At the hospital with the stranded patients, some buildings caught fire and were damaged, but the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokesperson Jill Kinney said.

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

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.

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