Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018
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An explosive and destructive campfire in northern California burns 80 hectares per minute



On November 8, the gigantic plume of the campfire burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, California, floats over the Sacramento Valley from Chico, California. (David Little / AP) This story is in development. A "
very dangerous"Forest fires have erupted in northern California due to a combination of screaming winds and extremely dry conditions. The "campfire" in Butte County, California, has already consumed 5,000 hectares west and north of Chico and Oroville, about 90 km north of Sacramento. The city of Paradise, which has 26,000 inhabitants, is immediately threatened. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in Paradise and the neighboring communities of Pulga and Concow. "Several structures were damaged or destroyed near the hospital on the road to Pentz around 9:45, said a dispatcher, but the hospital remained intact at that time," reported the & # structures à à à à à "" "" "" "" "" "". bee of Sacramento. "The scanners circulation also reported reports that at least one burn victim would have been transported by EMS and a" significant impact on civilians "in Paradise." Dave Toussaint, Cal Fire retired firefighter, said more burn victims on his Twitter feed. The escape routes were crowded with people trying to escape the growing fire, the Sacramento Bee said, and first responders worried about the possibility of escape. Some people were asked to leave their vehicles and shelter in concrete structures. #CampFire get people out of their cars and stay in Walgreens at Skyway x / Billie. They will be affected by a fire in about 10 minutes.- Dave Toussaint (@ engineco16) November 8, 2018 Distress calls have reached social media. "My mother is stuck with other drivers on Pearson Rd in Paradise, with houses burning nearby," tweeted @jdpiersoniv. "People leave vehicles and run with children and pets." Daniel Swain, a climatologist at the University of California at Los Angeles, tweeted that fire was developing at a speed of up to about 80 hectares per minute on Thursday morning. It went from 1,000 acres to 5,000 acres in just a few hours. "This fire is not going to slow down so soon," Toussaint tweeted. "I can not emphasize it too much, if you are in front of the fire, get out now." The mountainous slopes oriented north-south of California. Red flag warnings of "critical fire weather" were in effect not only for the Sacramento Valley, but also in central and southern California. Gusts of 50 mph were expected in many places. Winds on the slopes of the mountain not only fan the flames but also dry the soil surface, lowering the relative humidity rate to 10% – creating conditions conducive to the spread of fire. 23.4 million Californians were under the red flag warnings Thursday early Friday, after which the winds should calm down and give the responders better conditions to fight the fire. Below, photos and a video of the fire from social media: .

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