The so-called Camp Fire has already consumed over 20,000 hectares of land in northern California, forcing about 50,000 people to evacuate. But the fire has developed so fast that some people have barely escaped – like Brynn Parrott Chatfield from the town of Paradise, who posted this video on social media and shows his family's fearsome ride through the flames.
The video published on Facebook really looks like something out of a movie. They are surrounded on both sides by flames that whiz around the street as they leave the path.
"I feel very vulnerable when I write this, but I feel I should," wrote Brynn Parrott Chatfield on Facebook. "My hometown of paradise is burning. My family is evacuated and safe. Not all my friends are safe. It is very surreal. Things always work, but the unknown is a bit scary.
The fire started Thursday morning at 6:30 am in the Feather River Canyon and is still not complete. The governor has declared a state of emergency and it is believed According to Butte County Fire Chief Darren Read, more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed.
As CNN points out, more than 2,200 firefighters are currently fighting a tough ride against the campfire. The combination of dry conditions and strong wind makes this fire especially difficult to combat.
Several casualties have been reported, but it is not yet clear how many people may be dead. The exact number of injuries is also unknown, and the authorities still do not know what caused the flame.
How fast does the fire move? It burns the equivalent of 80 football fields per minute. Inhabitants in cities such as Paradise, Chico, Magalia, Concow, Yankee Hill, Butte Creek Canyon, Cherokee and Durham have already been called to evacuate. And emergency workers do their best to perform social assistance checks on inexperienced people.
"This fire has been moving quickly through the city of Paradise," said Paradise police chief Eric Reinbold, the local newspaper Enterprise-Record. "We are very grateful for our partnerships with Allied agencies, Cal Fire, our agency. The city employees were working as fast as possible on our evacuation plans. And the things we've been training for over the years. There are many devastations in the city.
If your area is to be evacuated, do not hesitate. Get lost. You may not get another chance to escape later.
[Enterprise Record and Lost Coast Outpost and CNN]