Patients Rescued From Burning Hospital In Butte County

09 November, 2018, 10:08 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Camp Fire Smoke Smoke from the Camp Fire

Officials also issued an evacuation for part of Highway 70 nearby the fire and identified evacuation shelters to which people could flee. The fire was three feet from my auto. Flames were engulfing homes, utility poles were crashing down and things were exploding, she said. The whole hill's on fire.

Evacuation orders are in place for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley while hundreds of firefighters battle the blaze. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said some people at the hospital were trapped in a tunnel.

Cal Fire spokesman Scott McClean said the fire is burning toward the city of Chico but he's "not necessarily" concerned the fire will breach the city limits. "We're doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas".

The Camp Fire started Thursday morning near Paradise, a town of around 27,000 some 90 miles north of Sacramento.

He says he wants people to know that if they can evacuate, they need to evacuate.

The fire started early Thursday.

A home burns during the Camp fire in Paradise, California on November 08, 2018. The friend waiting there with dogs in her auto described to her all the trees around the store as on fire.

Fire officials characterized the inferno as explosive.

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Concerned friends and family posted frantic messages on Twitter and other sites saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone. "God help us!" Bernacett said before breaking down crying.

An elementary school in the region was also forced to evacuate students after the fire came within half a mile of the campus, according to CNN. "All patients are being transported to surrounding area hospitals", a statement said.

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. She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety, she said.

At the hospital in Paradise, more than 60 patients were evacuated to other facilities and some buildings caught fire and were damaged. McLean said that by the middle of the day, there was so much smoke in the air, it looked like it was nighttime. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 69 square kilometres, Gaddie said. Her 25-year-old son has cerebral palsy, needs a wheelchair to get around and is fed through a tube.

Camp Fire in Butte County.

A local fire official said there were multiple injuries among civilians and firefighters.

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.

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