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The Butte County Camp Fire has burned over 8,000 acres of land and is zero percent contained as of press time, according to information released by the CAL FIRE Butte Unit and the Butte County Fire Department on their shared twitter account.

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.

"It's a very unsafe and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.

Tina Greer says the Paradise care home where her disabled son lives with five other patients is evacuating, but it takes time to pack the patients' medical equipment and medicine.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office issued evacuation orders and warnings for numerous fire zones in the area.

As of Thursday afternoon, two firefighters and multiple civilians had been injured, while a significant number of structures were consumed, according to Butte County CalFire Chief Darren Read.

Gina Oviedo said there was fire everywhere as she got out of the town of Paradise about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco on Thursday.

Photos and videos on social media show just how intense the massive wildfire has become. But the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokeswoman Jill Kinney said. "Once it got going it picked up very rapidly".

"The whole hill's on fire", she said while crying. "We had to ride through flames to get here", he said from the side of a road west of Paradise.

He is confirming reports that people had to abandon their vehicles as they try to flee the fast-moving fire.

One Paradise resident who fled the encroaching blaze told the Bee: "It was so hot".

A wildfire in Northern California has grown to almost 8 square miles (20 square kilometers) as officials rush to evacuate residents.

Officials were sending as many crews as they could gather, Carhart said.

"Right now, Mother Nature is in charge", Bennett said.

Fire officials said the flames were being fueled by winds, low humidity, dry air and severely parched brush and ground from months without rain.

The California Highway Patrol closed a nearby highway and urged motorists to avoid the area.

Large swaths of the state are under a "red flag" fire hazard warning, and the National Weather Service Sacramento office forecasts the blaze will continue through Friday night.


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