Sweeping wildfire destroys most of Paradise, Calif., several injured

Evacuations ordered in Northern California as fast-moving wildfire spreads

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

Pacific Gas and Electric Company said about 14,000 residents of Butte and Plumas counties were without power due to fire activity and requests from firefighters to cut electricity in certain areas for safety, Sacramento Bee reported. By late this afternoon, the fire had topped 18,000 acres.

A fast-moving wildfire is rapidly spreading through northeastern California, growing to over 16,000 acres in under 12 hours and leading acting Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency.

A vintage auto rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise.

"By the time we got out, the flames were a half mile away from the school".

Dry, windy conditions are making it hard to contain the fire. It's already burned dozens of homes and threatens 30,000 more. The fire destroyed about 1,000 structures in Paradise, including a church and some buildings at a local hospital, according to Cal Fire and interviews with residents.

The California fire map also includes info about air quality, evacuation orders, shelters, fire containment statistics, road closures, and more.

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Authorities were working to evacuate residents from their homes as strong winds swept seasonal wildfires across the state, consuming more than 26 miles of territory on Thursday alone. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames, carrying children and pets, officials said.

In addition to the Woolsey Fire, the Hill Fire was burning northwest of Thousand Oaks in the Santa Rosa Valley. The "Camp Fire" - as named by local officials - is expected to grow because of high winds and current dry conditions in the area.

Cal Fire, which has been calling the wildfire Camp Fire in its incident reports, said it originated at Pulga and Camp Creek roads in Butte County.

"I'm on the phone crying, talking to my husband, just hoping I can get out of there", she said. "God help us!", Shary Bernacett said. One evacuation center was even forced to close down as the flames spread.

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.

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.

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

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