Berkeley Fire Department responding to fires in Oakland, Butte County

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2018

Late Thursday, more than 2,200 firefighters were battling the flames and the Camp Fire remains completely uncontained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). At one point, a tree branch fell on his vehicle, smashing his windshield and denting his hood. He said that people spoke there about neighbors in Concow who had been unable to escape their homes.

Voluntary evacuations of 75,000 homes were called for because of the Woolsey Fire that included parts of Thousand Oaks in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, the site of a mass shooting incident this week in which 12 people were killed.

"Things started exploding", said resident Gina Oviedo.

"Fire crews asking for buses to get them out", he reported.

Authorities used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out the way to reach Feather River Hospital and evacuate patients as flames engulfed its old wing and the roof of the emergency department, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter told reporters.

Evacuation routes were clogged with people attempting to flee the growing blaze, the Sacramento Bee reported, and first responders expressed concern about whether they could escape.

"We've just been posting all over social media".

'The blaze is being driven by fairly strong winds, ' Carhart said.

"Most of them were immobile with walkers, or spouses that were bed-ridden, so we were trying to get additional units to come and try and help us, just taking as many as we could", he said, describing the community as having "a lot of elderly, a lot of immobile people, some low-income with no vehicles".

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Dramatic footage shows flames closing in around the highways out of town and thick smoke hanging in the sky, obscuring the horizon.

Strong blustery winds are combining with dry conditions, after weeks without rain and low humidity at the height of the wildfire season in north California.

County Fire Chief, Darren Read said the town of Chico, with population of 93,000, could be next in the path of the wildfire.

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

So far, it has burned through 20,000 acres, injured firefighters and residents and prompted hospitals and schools to quickly evacuate.

Wind gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour (80 to 113 kph) were expected in the mountains of Ventura County and up to 50 miles per hour in the valleys and coastal areas of the county, the NWS said.

California has experienced debilitating fires of unprecedented regularity in the past few years.

Separate wildfires were ripping through northern and southern California Friday, forcing tens of thousands from their homes and prompting officials to declare a state of emergency.

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