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Patients Rescued From Burning Hospital In Butte County

Patients Rescued From Burning Hospital In Butte County

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.

"Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming", he said.

California is experiencing one of its worst fire years ever, with 621,743 acres (251,610 hectares) burned through Sunday in areas covered by Cal Fire, almost twice the amount during the same period of 2017 and almost triple the five-year average.

An 8,000-acre fire in Northern California's Butte County forced thousands to evacuate from their homes, hospitals and schools on Thursday.

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.

Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration to aid with multiple fires burning in California. "There are dozens of strike teams that we're bringing in from all parts of the state".

He confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles as they fled the scene.




"We're getting them on other vehicles with room". "Once it got going it picked up very rapidly".

Local media reports have shown images of traffic moving away from the plumes of smoke and orange glow of the wildfire. "It's really dry and we have low humidity - and unfortunately those are great conditions for a fire to spread".

"When this fire started this morning wind speeds were 35 to 40 miles per hour gusts", Cal Fire spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff said.

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.

More than 40 patients were evacuated to other facilities.

The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for fire dangers in many areas of the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue through Friday evening.

Four of the hospital's employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.


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