Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

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Officials at the Butte County Sheriff's office and Cal Fire, the state agency responsible for fighting wildfires, ordered evacuations throughout the morning for rural communities in the path of the wildfire, including Paradise, California, which is home to more than 26,000 people.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District also issued a warning Thursday afternoon, notifying residents of air quality impacts in the Bay Area due to the smoke drifting south from the Camp Fire.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says a fire in Northern California is a "very risky and serious situation".

Some of the patients were initially turned around during their evacuation because of gridlocked traffic and later airlifted to other hospitals, along with staff, Kinney said. Over the course of the day, evacuation orders were issued in Paradise, Concow, and Pulga, towns about 200 miles north of San Francisco.

Fire officials say firefighters are working to access the area and that the blaze continues to spread. The Camp Fire is now moving out of the Paradise area toward Chico, a city with 93,000 residents.

This photo taken from video provided by CBS2/KCAL9 shows a wildfire burning in Camarillo.

Some of the hospital's 'outbuildings, ' such as out-patient clinics caught fire and were damaged but the main hospital was not, said Kinney. "We're still being very careful".

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Among them was Kim Curtis, who was searching for her grandmother, who told family at 8 a.m. today that she would flee her Paradise home in her Buick with her cat.

May said the low humidity and the dryness of trees and brush are among the reasons for the Camp Fire and also pose a potential danger in Berkeley.

Shari Bernacett said her husband tried to get people to leave the Paradise mobile home park they manage and had minutes to evacuate.

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

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. The warning will remain in effect until Friday morning, officials said.

"Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming", he said.

A Red Flag Warning is in place through Friday morning in the Butte County area, and winds are expected to gust at speeds as high as 40 miles per hour overnight, according to the National Weathers Service.

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