[UPDATE] Butte County Fire Burns Multiple Structures as People Flee; Multiple Reported Injured; Humboldt County Strike Team Responding
According to the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center at 12:30 p.m.,
Extreme wind driven fire behavior observed with long range spotting. Numerous mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect for communities north of Highway 70. Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Valley and Butte Valley are under Mandatory Evacuation Orders. Multiple road closures are in place including Highway 70, Sky way, Highway 191 and Pentz Road. Fire is threatening Feather River Hospital as well as other structures, powerlines and communications towers as well as Flea Mountain and Saw Mill Peak Lookouts. Paradise municipal water supply is also threatened. Multiple structures have been lost. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for strong winds and low RH for the fire area.
The fire has only gotten worse since then. According to Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and writer for Grist, the Camp Fire “is growing at an estimated rate of 80 football fields PER MINUTE.”
This video is reportedly taken at Clark and Billie Road
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A State of Emergency has been declared by acting Governor Gavin Newsom (Governor Jerry Brown is out of state.)
Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Savonna said that their Humboldt/Del Norte unit is sending ten engines and six hand crews to the Camp Fire. This will further deplete our area of firefighting power. In an interview earlier today, Savonna said there have been multiple escapes from debris burns recently and he asked everyone to be careful. “We don’t currently have Red Flag warnings here,” he said. ‘But today is a no burn day. Tomorrow is a no burn day. Please verify status before starting to burn!”
He noted, “The conditions are favorable for quick fire spread.”
He added, “We are going to provide the best level of service as always, but please be careful.”
Currently, in the Emerald Counties, there is a 20 acre fire burning near Dos Rios off Hwy 162 called the Brushy Fire. Crews are mopping up the Red Fire near Redway. And, a new fire has started between Bridgeville and Lone Star Junction.
UPDATE 3:46 p.m.: Caltrans reports that State Route 70 is closed between 149 and 89. “State Route 99 has also been closed to southbound traffic from SR70/South Avenue on,” the agency reports. “Offramps at Highway 99 and Skyway in Butte County are also closed to assist with evacuation traffic flow.”