Thousands flee from fast-moving northern California wildfire
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.