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

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California is experiencing one of its worst fire years ever, with 251,610 hectares burned through Sunday in areas covered by Cal Fire, almost twice the amount during the same period of 2017 and almost triple the five-year average.

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

"The whole hill's on fire", she said while crying.

A local fire official said there were multiple injuries among civilians and firefighters.

"It's very chaotic. It's a very bad fire", Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol said of the evacuation. She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety, she said.

BFD spokesperson Keith May said BFD is sending one engine to assist the City of Oakland as its fire department responds to a fire on Highway 13, just south of Joaquin Miller Road. 'There are dozens of strike teams that we're bringing in from all parts of the state'. He said rescuers were trying to put them in other vehicles. "Once it got going it picked up very rapidly". "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said. Within roughly six hours, the fire had grown to more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometers), said Gaddie.

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May said the low humidity and the dryness of trees and brush are among the reasons for the Camp Fire and also pose a potential danger in Berkeley.

Thousands of people in California have had to flee ahead of a wildfire that has consumed thousands of hectares of land and continues to grow, courtesy of strong winds.

Smoke from the wind-driven fire, which started Thursday morning, can be seen from as far away as 150 miles. She said a group of 20 other patients were initially evacuated but then returned to the facility because of gridlocked traffic.

Hospital spokeswoman Jill Kinney said all patients were evacuated.

Driven by high winds and dry conditions, the blaze dubbed the Camp Fire swept through the town of Paradise, with social media reports that a hospital, high school and K-Mart store were on fire.

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