Paradise Lost: Camp Fire in Butte County Destroys a Town and Threatens More (Maps, Photos, Video)
The town of Paradise in the hills above Chico was flattened by the quick moving fire. The town newspaper reports that up to 1,000 homes burned and there were multiple deaths.
Below is an amateur and heartbreaking video as a couple flees with their cats through their devasted town.
A strike team from Humboldt County is at the scene and awaiting assignment. According to a post by Humboldt Bay Fire, “Arcata Fire District, Briceland Volunteer Fire Department, Miranda Volunteer Fire Department, Blue Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Humboldt Bay Fire crews make up the 5 department Strike Team.”
The Weather Service continues to predict Red Flag Warning (meaning that conditions are at their peak for fire spread) through this morning. It will be dry and breezy today with higher winds this morning.
At this point, firefighters have to be ready for anything with this explosive blaze. Normally, they would be using highways and waterways as lines to hold the fire within. However, the fire has been spotting out ahead. The Camp Fire is predicted to be staying low through the morning and then starting to crown and torch through the afternoon and overnight winds.
Video by Mark McKenna of a home burning in the Skansen Estate area off Oak Ridge Drive
Tweets from two official sources that show some of the devastation and fury of the flames.
— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) November 9, 2018
Caltrans District 3 is reporting:
- Hwy 70 is closed westbound from Garden Dr. to Hwy 89 junction and also closed from Hwy 89 junction to Hwy 149 junction.
- Hwy 99 is closed both north and southbound from Shippee Rd. to Southgate Ave.
- Hwy 191 closed at Hwy 70 junction.
Numerous county roads are also closed.
- Camp Fire Public Information Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
- Camp Fire Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
- Camp Fire KMZ Map–Zoom for detail or for 3D imagery, click on the map and download a file that connects with your Google Earth program. Warning this imagery was captured around 8 p.m. last night and does not show the latest borders.
According to Cal Fire,
Evacuation orders established for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley
Forest Ranch is under evacuation warning.
For more information on evacuations visit, www.buttecounty.net
Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Ave, Oroville, CA 95966 Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 E Hazel St, Gridley, CA 95948 The Neighborhood Church, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd, Chico, CA 95928. THIS SHELTER IS FULL.
Butte County Sheriff also reports:
- An Evacuation Order has been issued for the area of Stirling City and Inskip. Residents are advised to exit up through Butte Meadows and down Hwy 32.
- An evacuation shelter is open at Glenn County Fairgrounds in Orland, 221 E. Yolo Street, for those evacuating the upper ridge…
- Chester Memorial Hall, 22 Gay Street, is now open for evacuees…
- Glenn County Fairgrounds 221 E Yolo St in Orland is now open for evacuees…