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California wildfire roars to life, forces thousands to flee

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:10 PM - Thousands of people in California have had to flee ahead of a wildfire that has consumed thousands of hectares of land and continues to grow, courtesy of strong winds.

Known as the Camp Fire, the blaze is burning in Butte County, in central California north of the state capital Sacramento. It began early Thursday morning, and and grew so rapidly that it reached some 18,000 acres (7,200 hectares) as of Thursday afternoon. As of Thursday evening, it remained zero per cent contained.

Aside from the winds, low relative humidity in the area was making firefighters' jobs harder, and the area was under a red flag warning Thursday.

Some 20,000 people have been ordered to evacuate, according to the Houston Chronicle, and multiple highways in the area have been closed.

So far, Calfire says "multiple" structures have burned, and several people have had to be treated for burns, though no fatalities have been reported as of yet. Around 30,000 customers are without power as a result of the fire.

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