In a matter of two hours, the Hill Fire in southern California grew to 8-10,000 acres. Powerful Santa Ana winds whipped the fire just west northwest of Los Angeles. Parts of US 101 were closed in both directions as the fire jumped the highway. An estimated 1,200 homes were evacuated to keep residents safe. The nearby Woolsey Fire also forced people to leave their homes. These two fires could merge, creating a large and dangerous complex.
Officials are desperately working to contain the Camp Fire growing wildly in Butte County, CA, near Chico. The fire got its name after starting near Camp Creek Road in rural Butte County, California. Reports first came in around 6:30 a.m. Fire fighters describe the fire as dynamic and strong. In a matter of 4-5 hours, the fire grew from 5000 to nearly 20,000 acres.
Evacuation orders are in effect for nearly 30,000 people in the Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley areas. As the situation changes, different evacuation routes are being impacted. Residents can follow the Butte County Sheriff
Fire danger will continue on Friday. Red Flag Warnings and Wind Alerts will be in effect once again. Santa Ana winds in southern California are of particular concern.