Berkeley Fire Department responding to fires in Oakland, Butte County

Camp Fire Smoke Smoke from the Camp Fire

Camp Fire Smoke Smoke from the Camp Fire

Cal Fire said dozens of resources have been called in from elsewhere in the state, as firefighters work to contain the quick-moving blaze.

May said that BFD has sent a strike team of 5 engines led by a battalion chief to support firefighters in Butte County.

McLean estimated that a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town of 27,000 residents about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, was ordered to get out. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said some people at the hospital were trapped in a tunnel.

Terrifying videos posted on social media showed cars driving along roads that looked like tunnels of fire with flames on both sides of the road.

Shari Bernacett said she and her husband tried to get people to leave the mobile home park they manage in Paradise and had minutes to evacuate.

At least one nursing home and hospital were evacuated and several homes were on fire, according to the Sacramento Bee, and the region is covered with thick, dark smoke.

She and her husband "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as numerous residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible, Bernacett said.

"The whole hill's on fire", she said while crying. She said she did not know the exact number of people evacuated. She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety, she said.

A Red Flag Warning is in place through Friday morning in the Butte County area, and winds are expected to gust at speeds as high as 40 miles per hour overnight, according to the National Weathers Service. "Everything is a very receptive fuel bed".

When he arrived there, patients were out in the front of the emergency room, where the roof had caught fire.

Authorities were working on a plan to remove patients from a hospital after rescuers had to turn back because of gridlocked traffic.

Driven by strong winds and dry conditions, the blaze dubbed the Camp Fire swept through the town of Paradise, burning part of the local hospital and possibly destroying over a thousand homes and other structures, county and city officials said.

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