Eli Rosenberg Journalist specializing in coverage of national news and breaking news On November 8th at 7:58 pm, a devastating and extremely rapid forest fire erupted on Thursday morning in northern California. The camp fire in Butte County, north of the state capital, Sacramento, had burned some 18,000 acres Thursday night and at 0%, while officials were struggling to evacuate the inhabitants of the region. He injured an undisclosed number of civilians and two firefighters, officials said at a press conference Thursday. Acting Governor, Gavin Newsom (D), said the state of emergency. Social media has been inundated with apocalyptic images of sky filled with smoke and orange neon horizon lines in what is becoming a familiar ritual. Others have used Twitter to post messages about missing family members. The 27,000-strong city of Paradise, California, has been evacuated, officials told local journalists, as have the neighboring communities of Pulga and Concow.
The smoke from the campfire, which burns in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, California, darkens the sky on Thursday, as shown on Route 99 near Marysville, Calif. (Don Thompson / AP) Colton Percifield, 20, said I woke up at a friend 's house in Concow to find smoke outside around 7am. Fires quickly hit the house. "In half an hour, the whole place was in flames," he said. At 8:20, the house was in flames. Percifield left in his van for an emergency meeting place in a field outside the city, ending up on an empty road with fire in a hell swelling on both sides of the road around him . A video that he filmed describes the hellish conditions that he has described. thick smoke and heat around the truck as the temperature rose in the interior, while sparks and giant flames licked the roof over his head in almost dark darkness. At one point, a tree branch fell on his car, breaking his windshield and shattering his hood. Percifield stated that he had left the road a few times in low visibility conditions, but that he had finally made it to a meadow where residents could gather in case of a bad weather. fire. He said people had talked about neighbors in Concow who could not run away from their homes. The fire began in the early hours of the morning near Pulga, a small community surrounded by the Plumas National Forest, officials said. The first firefighters arrived found about 10 to 15 acres in flames. Gusts of wind up to 49 miles at the hour helped accelerate its growth. And officials have warned that the situation could change quickly. Cal Fire Chief Darren Read told reporters that some 1,500 first responders were on the scene or on the road, as well as 300 fire engines, 20 bulldozers, planes and other support vehicles. According to Ryan Lillis, a reporter for Sacramento Bee, some 60 to 70 people were waiting for an emergency evacuation at a Walgreen's Paradise. "Fire crews ask buses to take them out" he reported. The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in the city caught fire as firefighters battled the flames, Lillis wrote. The hospital's parent company could not be contacted for comment. The escape routes were crowded by people trying to escape the growing fire, reported the Sacramento Bee, and first responders worried about the possibility of escape. Many people have used social media to record their distress. "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." More than 20,000 people have been evacuated, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Officials of Cal Fire have warned that the fire could enter the city of Chico, a university town of about 93,000 residents located about six miles from paradise. "At the moment, Mother Nature is responsible," spokeswoman Bryce Bennett told Bee. The National Weather Service predicted dangerous weather conditions for fires in California due to winds from Santa Ana, which blow from the east and accelerate along the mountainous slopes of north to south California. Red-flag warnings of "critical weather conditions in the event of a fire" were in effect not only for the Sacramento Valley but also for central and southern California. Gusts of 50 mph were expected in many places. Gusts on the slopes of the mountain not only fanned the flames but also dried up the soil surface, lowering the relative humidity to 10%, creating the conditions for the spread of fire in the powder keg. . There were 23.4 million Californians under red flag warnings Thursday in early Friday, after which the winds should abate, allowing the responders to improve the conditions to fight the fire. California has experienced debilitating fires of unprecedented regularity in recent years. In August, the Mendocino complex fire became the largest ever forest fire in the state, burning more than 400,000 acres. The previous record was set less than a year ago in another catastrophic fire that ravaged more than 300,000 hectares in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. In October 2017, some 21 wildfires burned nearly 25,000 hectares and 7,000 buildings in Sonoma and Napa counties, in the heart of the California wine region, killing 40 people. .