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Smoke From Butte County Wildfire Prompts Bay Area Air Quality Advisory

Smoke From Butte County Wildfire Prompts Bay Area Air Quality Advisory

"The smell of the smoke and realizing the smoke was a lot closer than I thought and then seeing flames up to my knees".

Evacuations were underway as firefighters battled a massive blaze, dubbed the Camp Fire, that was threatening the town of Paradise in Butte County Thursday, officials said.

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.

Fire officials said the flames were being fueled by winds, low humidity, dry air and severely parched brush and ground from months without rain.

Officials were sending as many firefighters as they could, Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart said.

The fire is centered in the Feather River Canyon off Highway 70 about five miles east of the town of Paradise which has a population of near 26,000 people.

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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. He said he did not know the number of injuries or how many structures were destroyed.

At the request of Butte County, Chico State's Twitter account shared at 4:25 p.m. that "No evacuations have been ordered for the City of Chico at this time".

The school closures cover all districts in the county, including those in Paradise, Chico, Oroville and the Butte County Office of Education as well.

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"We're talking devastated", McLean said.

Her front lawn was on fire in about 30 minutes and she could not make it to her vehicle. My hometown of Paradise is on fire.

"When this fire started this morning wind speeds were 35 to 40 miles per hour gusts", Cal Fire spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff said. A fire had broken out in her yard, blocking the path to her vehicle.

"Luckily, the fire broke out early enough that there were only a few students there and we had a plan".

But she was still a long distance from safety.

When Nate Rodriguez of Paradise woke up Thursday morning he thought the red glow in the sky was the sunrise.

Heavy ash was falling in Chico, she said.

Percifield left in his pickup truck for an emergency meeting place in a field outside town, finding himself on an empty road with the fire a swelling inferno on both sides of the road around him.

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.

Chuck Kambourian's wife was about to drive their children to school when they got caught by the fire.


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