PG&E Stock Falls as California Wildfire Quadruples in Size

Thousands evacuated over fast-moving California wildfire

Gaddie explained how his team was able to evacuate Paradise city residents in a short amount of time.

Another police officer in Chico, John Barker, said many elderly people live in Paradise and some are immobile.

Other witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home engulfed in flames.

The Camp Fire started Thursday morning near Paradise, a town of around 27,000 some 90 miles north of Sacramento.

County Fire Chief, Darren Read said the town of Chico, with population of 93,000, could be next in the path of the wildfire. People in some neighborhoods have been told to get out. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate, ' Honea said". "Due to the fluid and rapidly changing conditions, residents are urged to stay updated through official sources for changes to evacuations and road closures", said a CalFire incident report Thursday night.

The fire is being driven west by 35 miles per hour (56 kmh) winds, fire officials said. "People were abandoning their cars and running with their babies and kids".

These are firestorms - towering, fast-moving walls of flames hundreds of feet high - the kind of fires that are not only uncontrolled by firefighters, but uncontrollable. "And just praying for a miracle, honestly", said Curtis, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. "Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home".

Flames consume a auto dealership as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

Social media was flooded with apocalyptic imagery of smoke-filled skies and horizon lines of neon orange. So far, it has burned about 10,000 acres, destroyed multiple structures, and forced the closure of a major highway.

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He said sheriff's deputies helped patients evacuate.

In Paradise, located on a ridge and with limited escape routes, traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock.

The California Highway Patrol shut down Highway 99, a major north-south thoroughfare, advising people to avoid the area.

Firefighters battle to save structures while battling the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. "The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out". Herrera, who lives in Paradise with her 88-year-old husband, Lou Herrera, left a frantic voicemail at around 9:30 a.m. saying they needed to get out.

"We sequestered the populous in certain areas that did not escape earlier, so they would be safe and would have fire resources around them", McLean said. "We're anxious sick. They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times".

The "Hill Fire" was sparked Thursday in the Newbury Park Area, which is roughly one mile away from Wednesday's deadly mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

The fire then pushed southward, jumped the wide U.S. 101 freeway before dawn Friday and pushed into the Santa Monica range.

For a bit of perspective on how fast this fire is moving, CNN notes that it's burning the equivalent of 80 football fields every minute.

The Camp Fire destroyed businesses, homes, restaurants, supermarkets, and a retirement home, USA Today reported on November 9.

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