An incredibly dangerous wildfire has exploded to life in Northern California. The Camp Fire has received numerous evacuations in Butte County as it races across the countryside.
The fire was first reported at 6:30 a.m. PT, and grew to at least 5,000 acres in three hours. The official estimate of "acreage burned is almost certainly on the low end, as the fire is spreading at an astonishing" [s] 80 acres per minute . Smoke from the blaze is already descending on the Bay Area some 150 miles away.
In addition to powerful winds, humidity is in the single digits, drying out vegetation. Redding TV meteorologist Rob Elvington called "unprecedented" conditions for this time of year, providing ample fuel for the camp.
All this has led to a growing list of evacuations , Vector depicting the evacuation of traffic in a contraflow pattern, with cars flowing in one direction on both sides of a highway to get people out of harm's way and stalled traffic amidst a hellscape of smoke and flames.
Paradise, a town of 27,000, sits directly in the Fire's Path camp. Its rapid growth and early-morning arrival means it will not take much time to make any firefighters' time to prepare. And the gridlock coupled with the rapidly-growing fire has been reported shelter in place . Meanwhile firefighters operating bulldozers beat back the flames . In short, this is a chaotic nightmare situation.
Unfortunately, it's one of the things that has become a Californians in recent years. Southern California Ablaze in 2017. It's the record for less than a year, though, as the Ranch Fire took its place in the record books this year. California has had four of its top 10 most destructive fires burn in the past two years, the most recent being the Fire in the Redding, a city of 90,000 in the northern part of the state.
where the forest meets the city has increased the risk of these types of fires. And humans are more blazes than ever. We can keep building in harm's way.