By Friday morning, a day after the fire broke out along Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road in Butte County, firefighters said about 80 percent of the town, population 26,000, was lost.
The wildfires raging across the state adds to what has already been one of the worst fire years in California - 621,743 acres have been destroyed, triple the five-year average. It was also threatening parts of nearby Thousand Oaks in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, the site of the shooting massacre earlier this week.
On Instagram, reality TV star Kim Kardashian urged people to "pray for Calabasas".
"Heavenly Father, please help us - please help us to be safe", the woman prays in the passenger seat, choking back tears as their vehicle threads a path toward safety through billowing clouds of ash and embers.
After an 8-2 regular season, Paradise was rewarded with the No. 3 seed in California's Northern Section Division II playoffs and a home game that would have been played Friday night against Red Bluff.
United States President Donald Trump has said "gross mismanagement of forests" is to blame for two unchecked wildfires burning in California, where nine people were killed and hundreds of thousands forced to flee. All of the people were found dead in their cars, which were "overcome by the Camp Fire", the sheriff said.
Gaddie, the fire official, said authorities were "working on a plan" to rescue the patients.
U.S. media reports that schools have also been closed and evacuated due to the fire, and animals have been moved out of the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.
Authorities said some 200,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders, including the entire city of Malibu.
"Imminent threat!" the department said in its warning.
Accidents gridlocked routes out of the town and residents abandoned their cars and fled on foot carrying children and pets, Reuters quoted local officials as saying.
"I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires and grieving the loss of their homes or loves ones", Lady Gaga said in a tweet.
A spokesman for the hospital operator, Dignity Health, reportedly told Action News Now that Feather River was later destroyed.
The blaze is one of 16 now active in California.
"There was really no firefight involved", Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, explaining that crews gave up attacking the flames and instead helped people get out alive. "The whole town is gone", Gianna Wallace, a survivor, told Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Sabalow.
"We've been in rescuer mode of saving (human) lives and saving animals, and we're still doing that, but we're also doing fire suppression work as well now", Tidwell said.
Just 100 miles north of Paradise, the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history hit in July and August and was also one of the earliest.
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