Camp Fire in Northern California Forces Evacuations along with Damages Buildings
A fast-moving fire exploded in Northern California on Thursday, forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes, damaging hundreds of structures along with injuring firefighters along with civilians as the blaze tore through more than 20,000 acres along with barreled toward Chico, Calif., about 100 miles north of Sacramento.
By midafternoon, the acting governor, Gavin Newsom, had declared a state of emergency, along with hundreds of firefighters were on the scene or en route, said a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry along with Fire Protection, Lynne Tolmachoff. Mr. Newsom later sent a letter to President Trump asking for federal assistance to aid Butte County along with additional areas across the state in which were frantically fighting infernos.
The blaze, named the Camp Fire, burned through Paradise, a town of about 26,000, where a hospital was evacuated along with traffic gridlock forced some people to flee vehicles on foot, according to a report on Wildfire Today, a website in which covers fire news across the country.
“the idea’s very devastating to the town,” Chief Eric Reinbold of the Paradise Police Department said at a news conference.
By late Thursday, fire officials said perhaps as many as 1,000 structures had been damaged; as the fire roared just south of Chico, 15,000 structures were threatened. Jonathan Cox, a division chief with Cal Fire, said at least two firefighters had been injured, as had “numerous” civilians. within the meantime, the fire continued to rage totally uncontained. the idea was not clear if there had been any fatalities.
More than 23,000 people across the county of 230,000 residents were told to evacuate through an automated notification system at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, although a spokeswoman for the sheriff said there were no firm numbers of how many had done so.
Cal Fire, said on its website in which the fire began early Thursday near the town of Pulga, which is usually on the western edge of the Plumas National Forest.
“This specific was a rapidly moving fire,” Kory Honea, the sheriff of Butte County, said in a news conference. “Even though the idea was early morning, the idea seemed like the idea was midnight, the idea was so dark up there.”
Shelters opened in Chico, Oroville along with Gridley with capacity to take nearly 2,500 people.
A red flag warning was issued by the state for a wide area of the county, as strong winds, gusting to 35 miles per hour, along with low relative humidity were elevating fire conditions, although Ms. Tolmachoff said winds were anticipated to ease by Friday morning.
She said the fire was moving toward the southern part of Chico, the county’s largest city, with about 93,000 people, although in which a less volatile mix of fuels within the fire’s path was anticipated to slow its advance.
The 100-bed hospital in Paradise, Adventist Health Feather River, was closed, with all patients evacuated to hospitals in Chico along with Oroville, the hospital said on its website.
Strike teams of firefighters through as far away as Oakland along with Sacramento were sent to help fight the fire, along with Butte College, in Oroville, closed so the idea could be used as a staging area for fire personnel.