The massive plume from the Camp Fire, burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif., wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico, Calif., on Thursday. Colton Percifield captured the video while driving on Windermere Lane on November 8. The Butte County Sheriff's Office has issued mandatory evacuation orders for most residents of Paradise and the smaller communities of Concow and Pulga. In August, the Mendocino Complex fire became the largest wildfire ever recorded in the state, eventually burning more than 400,000 acres.
Satellite footage shows how rapidly the fire grew in California..
Flames consume a auto and building as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., today. "We're doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas".
A combination of profoundly dry vegetation and heavy winds are contributing to the fire's explosive pattern. It's already burned dozens of homes and threatens 30,000 more. "There is significant loss of structures, and civilian and firefighter injuries".
The Camp Fire raged as tens of thousands of people fled and a couple thousand structures were destroyed in Paradise, about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.
The Woolsey Fire, the blaze now causing the most concern for firefighters, was up to 7,500 acres around 1:30 a.m. local time, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.
Percifield left in his pickup truck for an emergency meeting place in a field outside town, finding himself on an empty road with the fire a swelling inferno on both sides of the road around him.
A red flag warning is in effect in the area, meaning Thursday will bring 20-to-40-mph winds and low humidity that threaten to spread the wildfire. He started putting out the fire and yelled at her to get back inside, she says. "We tried to get all the nondigital things that we could - you know, stuff that couldn't be replaced", Peete said.
"We're talking devastated", McLean said.
Tanah Clunies-Ross woke up in the dark to what sounded like lumps of coal raining down her Northern California home.
A California wildfire raced across a northern county in the state on Thursday, reducing the town of Paradise to ashes and injuring residents and first responders, fire officials said.
In October 2017, some 21 wildfires burned almost 95,000 acres and 7,000 buildings in Sonoma and Napa counties in the heart of California's wine country, killing 40 people.
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.