Flames were engulfing homes, utility poles were crashing down and things were exploding, she said. Some people left their cars there "and took off running, carrying their babies and kids".
Some of the patients were initially turned around during their evacuation because of gridlocked traffic and later airlifted to other hospitals, along with some staff, Kinney said.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference on Friday that the remains of five victims were found in or near burnt-out cars. "I don't know. When I left it was all on fire". Video depicting the evacuation shows traffic moving in a contraflow pattern, with cars flowing in one direction on both sides of the a highway to get people out of harm's way and stalled traffic amidst a hellscape of smoke and flames.
An emergency evacuation order was issued for several neighborhoods west of Los Angeles as firefighters frantically fought back the Woolsey Fire. There was alarm among some residents who anxious smoke created near the hazardous site could prove particularly risky, but authorities from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control who oversee the site say there is no evidence that smoke from the area around the SSFL is any more unsafe than other wildfire smoke.
'My husband tried his best to get everybody out. A fire had broken out in her yard, blocking the path to her vehicle.
"We never heard from them again", Lee said. She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety, she said.
"It's my sad duty to confirm that we now have a total of nine fatalities", he said, four more fatalities beyond the five reported earlier.
"The perimeter is now the Pacific Ocean", Richardson said.
The bulletins from the northern part of the state were even worse.
He confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles as they fled the scene. The she reconsidered, thinking: "I'm really scared, this is terrifying, I can't breathe, I can't see and maybe I should humble myself and get in this woman's auto".
The wildfire was reported around daybreak. A state fire official said the Camp Fire had almost quadrupled overnight to 285 square kilometers.
In Southern California, strong Santa Ana winds were fanning two fires, including the Woolsey Fire, which by Friday morning had burned across U.S. 101 and was heading in the direction of Malibu. She captured photos of low-hanging black smoke stretching for miles as she and her boyfriend evacuated Paradise.
"It's very chaotic", Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol.
More than 250,000 people have been evacuated across the areas.
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