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The Latest: Fire evacuee: People fled holding pets, babies



PARADISE, California – The latest on ordered evacuations for a fire in Northern California (all local times):

1:15 pm

A woman who evacuated a fire in Northern California says that people have abandoned their vehicles to escape the fire and kept hidden children and pets

Gina Oviedo said that there was a fire everywhere as she exited the city of paradise about 180 miles (290 kilometers) north -est of San Francisco Thursday 19659005. devastating scene, saying that the houses were swallowed by the flames and that the utilities poles were collapsing. He said people left their vehicles and ran when they started feeling explosions.

At least 27,000 people in Paradise have been forced to flee.

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2:55 pm

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says a fire in northern California is a "very dangerous and serious situation."

It is confirming reports that people had to leave their vehicles while trying to escape from rapid fire.

but officials are "doing everything possible to bring people out of the affected areas".

At least 27,000 people in the city of Paradise about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco were forced to flee Thursday.

He says he wants people to know that if they can evacuate, they must evacuate.

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12:10

Butte County Sheriff's Spokesperson Miranda Bowersox says 27,000 people in Paradise City have received an order to escape a rapid fire on the go in No rhen, California .

The fire started at the beginning of Thursday.

Paradise is a city of about 27,000 people 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

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11:50 am

Shelley Freeman says her family and friends fled to evacuate in Northern California when a rapid fire approached.

He says he heard from a friend that people, horses and dogs had gathered in a Kmart parking lot in the city of Paradise. The friend who was waiting there with the dogs in her car told her all the trees around the shop as if in flames.

Freeman says his friend described being surrounded by explosions in the parking lot and was soon unable to see the fire due to all the smoke.

Freeman says he has had trouble getting to his family and friends who live in the area because phone lines do not work. Those who heard say that the streets are blocked.

Freeman says he is afraid for everyone and feels helpless from afar.

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10:50:

A Northern California hospital says its patients have been evacuated because of a rapid fire.

The Adventist Health Feather River said in a Twitter post on Thursday that he is being transported to hospitals in the surrounding area. Hospital officials did not respond to the Associated Press on the evacuation

The hospital is located in Paradise, a city of about 27,000 people 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

The Chico Enterprise-Record reports that a nursing home and a Ponderosa elementary school have been evacuated.

Patients evacuated to the hospital are taken to hospitals throughout the region.

The fire started around 6:30 am

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10:20

] Shary Bernacett says she and her husband tried to get people to leave the park moving who run in Paradise, California, with a few minutes to evacuate while a fire approaches the east side of the city.

Bernacett said that she and her husband "knocked on doors, screamed and screamed" to alert as many of the inhabitants of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible to leave the area on Thursday morning when authorities ordered Evacuation of the area.

She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped on their pickup truck and drove through 12-foot high flames before getting to safety on Highway 99.

Bernacett says the fire leapt over the 39, Feather River Hospital, about two miles (three kilometers) east of the mobile home park

He says the air is black with smoke and ashes.

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10:00 am:

A fire in northern California has grown to almost 8 square miles (20 square kilometers) while officials hastened to evacuate residents.

Tina Greer says the Paradise nursing home in which her disabled child lives with five other patients is evacuating, but it takes time to pack the patients' medical equipment and medicines. The 25-year-old son has cerebral palsy, needs a wheelchair to move and is fed through a tube.

Greer says heavy ash is falling in Chico, some 14 miles (22 kilometers) west of the fire.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says an evacuation order was issued on Thursday for areas of paradise, a city of about 27,000 people 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

Greer works for a telephone answering service that is handling numerous phone calls for Feather River Hospital, which has been ordered to evacuate and does not answer calls.

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8:30 am

The authorities of Northern California ordered mandatory evacuations in a rural area where the fire grew to 1,000 acres (405 hectares) amid warm and windy weather .

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says an evacuation order was issued on Thursday for areas of paradise, a city of about 27,000 people 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

The California Highway Patrol closed highway 70 near the fire and urged motorists to avoid the area.

Fire officials say the firefighters are working to access the area and that the blaze co

The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for the fire hazards in many areas of the state , saying that low humidity and strong winds should have continued until Friday evening.

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