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August 22, 2019

Fast-spreading fire in northern California prompts evacuations

November 8, 2018
The massive plume from the Camp Fire, burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif., wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico, Calif., on Thursday. (David Little / AP)

A fast-moving wildfire blazing through northern California has prompted widespread evacuations.

The Camp Fire started burning early Wednesday morning along the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif., and has spread to 5,000 acres, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders for multiple zones in the area, including 2, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13, as well as the town of Pulga, all of Pentz Road in Paradise East to Highway 70, the South Pine Zone, Old Magalia Zone, the South Coutelenc Zone and more.

The areas with evacuation orders are home to a local hospital, a retirement home and an elementary school, among others.

While the Feather River hospital was evacuated, the Enterprise-Record reports that several patients have opted to stick it out with staff members, and are sheltering in place.

The blaze has also left nearly 15,000 customers without power, according to KRCR.

Photos showing the looming plumes of smoke were shared to Twitter by the Butte County Fire Department, who warned that the fire was “very dangerous.”

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