'God help us!' Tens of thousands flee 'very dangerous' northern California wildfire
A fast-growing wildfire forced tens of thousands of residents from their homes in northern California on Thursday.
The Camp Fire has scorched over 28 square miles in Butte County, which is about 90 miles north of Sacramento, according to Cal Fire. Late Thursday, fire officials said people have been injured and structures have been destroyed in the fire, though further details were not available.
Also late Thursday, acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Butte County.
The fire is burning about 80 acres per minute, according to UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain. That's equal to about 60 football fields per minute.
“This fire is very dangerous, please evacuate if asked to do so!”, Cal Fire officials said on Twitter. Dozens of resources were being called in from throughout the state.
An evacuation order was issued for areas of Paradise, a town of about 27,000 people, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said. Fire officials said firefighters were working to access the area as the blaze continued to spread.
Social media feeds from the area described extreme traffic jams and frantic evacuations.