Northern California wildfire destroys hundreds of buildings

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Thousands of residents are evacuating Northern California as an uncontained, fast-moving wildfire approaches several towns in the Sierra foothills. "We're doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas". McLean said that by the middle of the day, there was so much smoke in the air, it looked like it was nighttime.

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

She and her husband "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as numerous residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible to leave, Bernacett said. God help us!' Bernacett said before breaking down crying.

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.

Cal Fire said several hundred structures have been been destroyed, but an official count won't be available until they can get into the area.

On social media, many have been sharing images of highways and roads flanked by fire or covered in heavy smoke and asking for help to evacuate friends and family.

BFD spokesperson Keith May said BFD is sending one engine to assist the City of Oakland as its fire department responds to a fire on Highway 13, just south of Joaquin Miller Road.

The sheriff confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles.

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Cal Fire tweeted that the fire was "very dangerous" and urged people to follow evacuation orders.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office has issued mandatory evacuation orders for most residents of Paradise and the smaller communities of Concow and Pulga. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.

"Given the Butte County fire is within close proximity, as a precaution Adventist Health Feather River Medical Center is evacuating all patients". 'There are dozens of strike teams that we're bringing in from all parts of the state'.

A wildfire in Northern California has grown to almost 8 square miles (20 square kilometers) as officials rush to evacuate residents.

Thick grey smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.

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

Four of the hospital's employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.

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

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