Woolsey Fire: California blaze advances on Malibu

California Fires Update: Chico Camp Fire in Butte County

California Fires Update: Chico Camp Fire in Butte County

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

McLean estimated that the lost buildings numbered in the thousands in Paradise, about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

As of Friday Morning, the wildfire in Butte County has scorched 70,000 acres (109.38 square miles) since it was first reported around 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Firefighter Adrien Mahnke pauses while battling the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

The Camp Fire has destroyed businesses, homes, restaurants, supermarkets, and a retirement home, USA Today reported.

"The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out".

Much of the downtown was destroyed.

"I was frantic", she said. As many as 1,000 structures were reportedly burned in town.

Large swaths of the state are under a "red flag" fire hazard warning, and the National Weather Service Sacramento office forecasts the blaze will continue through Friday night. So far, it has burned through 20,000 acres, injured firefighters and residents and prompted hospitals and schools to quickly evacuate.

Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency because of the fire. On the side of the road, trees were catching on fire and falling over.

The stranger ended up helping Miller pack up her mother and taking them to safety in Chico.

He said approximately 40,000 residents in Butte County have been evacuated due to the Camp Fire. Some crashed and others left their vehicles by the roadside.

Resident Shari Bernacett told the Associated Press that she "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to get mobile home residents to leave as fire consumed the hillside.

"I'm on the phone crying, talking to my husband, just hoping I can get out of there", she said. A video he took captures the hellacious conditions he described; thick smoke and heat surrounding the truck as the temperature rose inside, while giant sparks and flames licked the roof over his head in almost pitch-black darkness.

Fire ripped through residential areas and flames leapt from hospitals and schools, according to a Reuters witness, who saw a auto dealership go up in flames on a street clogged with burned out vehicles and an abandoned police cruiser.

Crews and firefighting aircraft are responding from all over Northern California.

The California Highway Patrol shut down Highway 99, a major north-south thoroughfare, advising people to avoid the area.

The video shared on Facebook by Brynn Parott Chatfield documents their drive through the fire as they attempt to evacuate from their hometown of Paradise.

Cal OES director Mark Ghilarducci said the fire has claimed lives, but the exact number of deaths was not immediately known.

The "Hill Fire" was sparked Thursday in the Newbury Park Area, which is roughly one mile away from Wednesday's deadly mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

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