"Things started exploding", Oviedo said. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said some people at the hospital were trapped in a tunnel. "I'm driving through fire as we speak".
With limited escape routes from the town, traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock, with residents abandoning vehicles and running from the flames carrying children and pets, officials said. Multiple motorists have abandoned their vehicles. He said rescuers were trying to put them in other vehicles. "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.
Butte County Sheriff's Office ordered evacuations for Pulga, South Pine Zone, Old Magalia Zone and South Coutelenc Zone as of 10 a.m. Shelters opened at Oroville Nazarene Church at 9 a.m. and Neighborhood Church in Chico. Within six hours, it had grown to more than 26 square miles (69 square kilometers), Gaddie said.
'The blaze is being driven by fairly strong winds, ' Carhart said. Dry, windy conditions are making it hard to contain the fire.
Thick gray smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.
The Associated Press said the Ventura County Fire Department had ordered evacuation of some communities in the path of the flames - not far from the site of a deadly mass shooting at a bar in the city of Thousand Oaks. Even though Chico is more than 150 miles north of San Francisco, a smoke advisory has been issued for the entire Bay Area, as well as other parts of Northern California. Fire officials said some structures have been destroyed in addition to injuries.
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Photos and videos on social media show just how intense the massive wildfire has become.
A vintage vehicle rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise.
A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.
The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise evacuated all its patients and staff, given its close proximity to the fire, and transported them safely to hospitals in neighboring towns, Jill Kinney, an Adventist Health spokeswoman told the Associated Press.
"It's very chaotic. It's a very bad fire", Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol said of the evacuation.