Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

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He estimated the Camp Fire burned a couple of thousand structures to the ground in the town of 27,000 people, about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

The fire broke out early Thursday morning, "growing uncontrollably" across Butte County, California, at a rate of about 80 football fields per minute.

A home is engulfed in flames during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. My family is evacuated and safe.

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Some of the first responders that rushed to the scene of the second mass shooting in less than two weeks in the U.S. were also helping out with fire-related duties. It's very surreal. Things always work out, but the unknown is a little scary.

The Camp Fire has scorched over 28 square miles in Butte County, which is about 90 miles north of Sacramento, according to Cal Fire.

Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration to aid with multiple fires burning in California.

The previous record had been set less than a year before in another catastrophic fire that burned through more than 280,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

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Based on a report from the university's emergency operations center and overnight monitoring of the fire, "firefighting efforts and favorable weather conditions, including a decrease in wind gusts", kept the 20,000-acre fire from breaching city limits overnight, the university tweeted at about 6 a.m. Friday.

BFD spokesperson Keith May said BFD is sending one engine to assist the City of Oakland as its fire department responds to a fire on Highway 13, just south of Joaquin Miller Road.

The Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday. "As I was driving up.my doctor called me and said, 'You're cancer free'".

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea called it a "very unsafe and serious situation", AP reports, and noted that some residents have been forced to abandon their vehicles to escape the conflagration.

"It was absolutely dark", said resident Mike Molloy, who said he made a split decision based on the wind to leave Thursday morning, packing only the minimum and joining a sea of other vehicles. Fire officials said it could take days to figure out how many people died.

California is experiencing one of its worst fire years ever, with 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.

A hospital and several schools were evacuated as thick grey smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.

Camp Fire in Butte County Red circles on this live-updating map are actively burning areas, as detected by satellite.

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