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A state of emergency has been declared for Butte County due to the effects of the Camp Fire, which began around 6:30 a.m. Thursday and quickly spread, said the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.

McLean estimated that a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town of 27,000 residents about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, was ordered to get out.

She says the air is black with smoke and ash.

Smoke from the wind-driven fire, which started Thursday morning, can be seen from as far away as 150 miles.

The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise evacuated staff and 41 patients to other hospitals, given its close proximity to the fire, said Jill Kinney, an Adventist Health spokeswoman.

"We had to drive through flames to make it out safely", she said.

An evacuation warning was issued for parts of Chico Thursday night as the Camp Fire blazed toward the city of 90,000 people.

On social media, many have been sharing images of highways and roads flanked by fire or covered in heavy smoke and asking for help to evacuate friends and family.

"Had he not put out that fire, I would not have made it to the auto", she said.

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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.

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. "We're still being very careful". "We tried to get all the nondigital things that we could - you know, stuff that couldn't be replaced", Peete said.

A home burns during the Camp fire in Paradise, California on November 08, 2018. "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the side of a road west of Paradise.

Some of the hospital's 'outbuildings, ' such as out-patient clinics caught fire and were damaged but the main hospital was not, said Kinney.

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

Five people were burned in Paradise, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Officials issued a "red flag" warning for the area because winds had reached between 20 and 40 miles-per-hour.

The Camp Fire, which started early on Thursday near Camp Creek, has been fuelled by strong winds and dry forest.


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