Thou­sands flee from fast-mov­ing north­ern Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Business -

A fast-grow­ing wild­fire forced tens of thou­sands of res­i­dents from their homes in Cal­i­for­nia on Thurs­day.

The Camp Fire has scorched al­most 8 square miles in Butte County, which is about 90 miles north of Sacra­mento, ac­cord­ing to Cal Fire. The fire is burn­ing about 80 acres per minute, ac­cord­ing to UCLA cli­mate sci­en­tist Daniel Swain. That’s equal to about 60 foot­ball fields per minute.

“This fire is very dan­ger­ous, please evac­u­ate if asked to do so!” Cal Fire of­fi­cials said on Twit­ter. An evac­u­a­tion or­der was is­sued for Par­adise, a town of about 27,000 peo­ple, the Butte County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said.

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