Hundreds of homes destroyed by California wildfire, deaths reported

Santa Ana Winds in the Forecast Ramping up Extreme Fire Threat in Southern California

Massive wind-fueled fire threatens NorCal town of Paradise

Colton Percifield captured the video while driving on Windermere Lane on November 8.

As people fled in cars, some abandoned their vehicles, running from encroaching flames as they held babies in their arms and pets, said Gina Oviedo, who described a devastating scene as she evacuated the town of Paradise.

Since starting at 6:30 a.m. PT just north of Sacramento, the fire is consuming 80 acres per minute - photos show that smoke is already reaching the Bay Area about 150 miles away.

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.

Butte County Sherriff Kory Honea told the Chico Enterprise-Record that "it's bad". She said a group of 20 other patients were initially evacuated but then returned to the facility because of gridlocked traffic.

Scott McLean, a spokesman for Cal Fire, said the fire in Northern California's Butte County has "destroyed the town".

The blaze destroyed an unknown number of structures and injured some civilians, but the extent of their injuries was not immediately known, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. John Gaddie. The Camp Fire is now moving out of the Paradise area toward Chico, a city with 93,000 residents. "Once it got going it picked up very rapidly".

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Jillian Smalley escaped her neighborhood as fire consumed everything around her. Flames and cinders crawled along the ground and up trees as she, her mother and grandmother fled the area.

Groups of fleeing residents gathered in a Kmart parking lot in Paradise, with their dogs and some with horses, waiting to be evacuated, said Shelley Freeman who spoke to a relative and friends in Paradise.

When he arrived there, patients were out in the front of the emergency room, where the roof had caught fire.

Cal Fire said Wednesday that a Red Flag Warning was issued for most of Northern California's interior as well as parts of Southern California through Friday morning.

'Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming, ' he said.

The California Highway Patrol closed Highway 70 near the fire and urged motorists to avoid the area.

The Camp Fire, which started early on Thursday near Camp Creek, has been fuelled by strong winds and dry forest.

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