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09 November 2018, 08:57 | Darnell Patrick
Massive wind-fueled fire threatens NorCal town of Paradise
Neighbourhoods, schools and hospitals have been evacuated while some residents in the town of Paradise were trapped by the flames, officials say.
"Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming", he said.
An evacuation warning was issued for parts of Chico Thursday night as the Camp Fire blazed toward the city of 90,000 people.
The blaze began early on Thursday and quickly charred 18,000 acres (3,237 hectares), forcing the evacuation of the 27,000 residents of Paradise, about 150 miles (240 km) northeast of San Francisco, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a statement.
PARADISE, Calif. Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire today in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town and destroyed hundreds of structures.
A statue sits on the deck of a burning home as the Camp Fire moves through the area on November 8, 2018 in Paradise, California.
"We're getting them on other vehicles with room".
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Authorities were working on a plan to remove patients from a hospital after rescuers had to turn back because of gridlocked traffic.
The dry heat and limited rainfall - in some places, no rainfall at all - contributed to the fire's spread.
The town of Chico, population 93,000, was potentially threatened as 35-mile-per hour (56 kph) winds drove the blaze westward, he added.
Thick gray smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.
The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise evacuated all its patients and staff, given its close proximity to the fire, and transported them safely to hospitals in neighboring towns, said Jill Kinney, an Adventist Health spokeswoman.
More than 40 patients were evacuated to other facilities.
Camp Fire in Butte County Red circles on this live-updating map are actively burning areas, as detected by satellite.
"It's very chaotic. It's a very bad fire", Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol said of the evacuation.
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