Evacuations were ordered in Butte County on Thursday after a coat of arms grew to more than 8,000 hectares. Evacuations…
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More than 20,000 people were ordered to evacuate several Sierra foothills cities near Chico on Thursday as a fire pushes out of control and grew to more than 8,000 hectares in just seven hours.
Legislation has reported that some residents and sheriff’s deputies are caught within the perimeter of the perimeter.
With thousands of attempts to leave at the same time, evacuations have become “difficult, at least”, says Lt. Al Smith, from Butte County Sheriff Office. Several sheriff’s deputies who entered the evacuation zones to save residents have also been caught by active flames that burn around them.
“I can not think of an area that is safe now,” said Smith.
The flame is still burning in many parts of paradise, an incorporated city of about 27,000, home to many retirees, and is located about 10 miles east of Chico in the foothills north of Sacramento.
Executive Govin Newsom declared an emergency Thursday afternoon in Butte County, which could make the state eligible for federal aid to fight the wilderness.
“Several” structures have burned, “said Scott McLean, a spokesman with the Forestry and Fire Protection Department, or Cal Fire. The Sheriff officials confirmed that several people were treated for burns.
The war, which named Camp Fire, began in the Camp Creek Road and Pulga Road area near Highway 70 in the Spring River Canyon, said Cal Fire officials said. From 1:45 the fire was 0 percent.
Butte County the cities of Paradise, Pulga and Concow evacuated shortly after the fire started at 6:30. Cal Fire officials said that residents of Magalia, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley have also been ordered to leave.
Skyway Road and parts of Highway 70 are closed, CHP and Caltrans officials said, and residents are being asked to evacuate using alternative roads. Officers redirect traffic on Highway 99 Highway 99 near the Highway 149 junction south.
The Paradise Unified School District and Butte College closed their doors Thursday morning during evacuation orders from firefighters. Feather River Hospital in paradise was also evacuated from 9 o’clock in the morning. The fire had jumped a path that led to the hospital.
At the dinner, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported. that 34,280 customers in Butte County and nearby Plumas had lost power. The outbreaks started at 19:45 in the vicinity of Big Bend and Concow, said PG & E spokesman Paul Moreno.
Red Cross officials said there were about 40 evacuations at their two homes in Oroville and Chico from 12:50, and deliveries were on their way to a third shelter at Butte County Fairgrounds.
When the fire spread west, Butte County officials announced that it was accepting emergency volunteers at Caring Choices at 1398 Ridgewood Drive in Chico.
Engines from the San Francisco Fire Department, Santa Rosa Fire Department and several other California authorities contribute to Firefighters Butte County with the answer.
The fire has sent dark clouds of smoke over Chico and as far south as the Bay Area.
A smoke advice has been issued for the Bay Area to Friday, air district officials said. Residents can see or smell smoke from Camp Fire.
Pulga and Concow are both small rural rural communities in Butte County. Concow has about 710 inhabitants. Pulga had two residents when it was sold in 2015, according to media reports.
Several shelters have opened in Butte County to accommodate evacuees:
• Oroville Nazarene Church on 2238 Monte Vista Avenue. in Oroville
• Neighborhood Church at 2801 Notre Dame Boulevard in Chico
• East Ave Church at 1185 East Avenue in Chico
• Butte County Fairgrounds at 199 East Hazel Street in Gridley
• Old County Hospital at 2279 Del Oro Ave. in Orovile accepts small animals
Megan Cassidy, Gwendolyn Wu and Kurtis Alexander are the San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: [email protected], [email protected], @[email protected] Twitter: @meganrcassidy @gwendolynawu @kurtisalexander