Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2018

California is experiencing one of its worst fire years ever, with 621,743 acres (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 she and her husband tried to get people to leave the mobile home park they manage in Paradise and had minutes to evacuate as flames reached the east side of the town.

"The whole hill's on fire", she said while crying. Cal Fire said dozens of resources have been called in from elsewhere in the state, as firefighters work to contain the quick-moving blaze.


Medical personnel evacuate patients as the Feather River Hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., today.

He confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles as they fled the scene. He said rescuers were trying to put them in other vehicles. It's very surreal. Things always work out, but the unknown is a little scary.

Local media reports have shown images of traffic moving away from the plumes of smoke and orange glow of the wildfire. Within roughly six hours, the fire had grown to more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometers), said Gaddie.


With late autumn winds fanning the flames of the California fires, causing some blazes to grow, these two dynamic maps are worth bookmarking, so you can stay up to date with the latest updates from affected areas in Northern California as well as Southern California. Dry, windy conditions are making it hard to contain the fire.

At least one nursing home and hospital were evacuated and several homes were on fire, according to the Sacramento Bee, and the region is covered with thick, dark smoke.

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.


Four hospital employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said. Even though Chico is more than 150 miles north of San Francisco, a smoke advisory has been issued for the entire Bay Area, as well as other parts of Northern California.

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