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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 04:07 PM

Explosive and destructive 'Camp Fire' in Northern California is burning 80 acres per minute

Source: Washington Post

A “very dangerous” wildfire has erupted in Northern California because of a combination of howling winds and extremely dry conditions. The “Camp Fire” in Butte County, Calif., has already consumed 5,000 acres west and north of Chico and Oroville, about 90 miles north of Sacramento.

Immediately at risk is the town of Paradise, home to 26,000 people.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in Paradise and the neighboring communities of Pulga and Concow.

“Multiple structures were damaged or destroyed near a hospital on Pentz Road as of about 9:45 a.m., one dispatcher said, but the hospital remained undamaged at that time,” the Sacramento Bee reported. “Scanner traffic also indicated reports of at least one burn victim being transported by EMS, and a ‘heavy impact on civilians’ in Paradise.”

Dave Toussaint, a retired Cal Fire firefighter, reported there were more burn victims on his Twitter feed.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2018/11/08/explosive-destructive-camp-fire-northern-california-is-burning-acres-per-minute/?utm_term=.490977beddf2



















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Reply Explosive and destructive 'Camp Fire' in Northern California is burning 80 acres per minute (Original post)
herding cats Nov 8 OP
fgeorge468 Nov 8 #1
calimary Nov 8 #2
Brother Buzz Nov 8 #3
NotASurfer Nov 9 #12
Brother Buzz Nov 9 #13
Hekate Nov 8 #4
defacto7 Nov 8 #5
ailsagirl Nov 8 #6
BigmanPigman Nov 8 #8
Brother Buzz Nov 9 #14
Stuart G Nov 8 #7
Hekate Nov 8 #9
herding cats Nov 8 #10
Hekate Nov 8 #11
Brother Buzz Nov 9 #15
herding cats Nov 10 #16

Response to herding cats (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 04:08 PM

1. I hope everyone is safe

We just had a big fire near where I live and I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I hope everyone and their homes stay safe.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 04:26 PM

2. Aw shit.

Not again!

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 04:32 PM

3. I'm not wanting to see destruction, but if they had to move a 'certain' trailer park....

in Paradise to create a fire break, I would be elated.

Years ago, I was reading my Grandfather's diaries, and stumbled across the coordinates to a gold mine he was working. I got excited and visited UCD's map room at the Shields library, and sure enough, right where he was describing, there was a pick and shovel marker on the map. I spent some more time locating the exact location on a modern map, then BAM, I discovered the mine was slab-dab in the middle of a damned trailer park. Shit!

The smoke from this fire has filled the Sacramento Valley with high smoke. One account says the fire exploded from 5.000 to 10,000 acres in a matter of hour when the North wind kicked into overdrive.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 09:21 PM

12. Was watching video posted by Rick Silva this evening

He's a reporter for the Paradise Post. Don't know how familiar you are with the area, he calls out a lot of local landmarks along the way. Sadly there's a really good chance that mobile home park is no longer

I doubt the Post has any way to publish, but at least one reporter is still trying

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Response to NotASurfer (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 09:29 PM

13. Paradise doubled in population since I last visited it the early seventies

I suspect I would recognize squat.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 05:05 PM

4. KnR.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 05:18 PM

5. That's east and north of Chico not west.

Mostly east and slightly north.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 05:44 PM

6. Here we go again

I believe California is now on "high fire danger" alert for 365-days-a-year (I'm not kidding)

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 07:14 PM

8. At least 11 months a year now.

NO exaggeration!

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 09:41 PM

14. 'Firefighting at Christmas' may become normal in California - Gov Jerry Brown

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 06:01 PM

7. k and r nt.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 07:19 PM

9. Shit. There's one in Ventura County, both sides of 101 closed at Conejo Grade, 8 to 10,000acres

I need to find more info. Damn damn damn.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 07:26 PM

10. This is Cal Fires Twitter feed below

https://mobile.twitter.com/CAL_FIRE

They're covering both fires in Ventura County (one is still smallish) and have some recent info in the feed.

Stay safe! :hugs:

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Response to herding cats (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 07:46 PM

11. Thanks. Not sure if I'm going to make the rally tonight after all. The fire is a good distance from

...us but that's what we said before when the Thomas Fire swooped down. On the other hand, California lore is that you get some years between big burns because it takes time for fuel to build back up.

Anyway. I have found news stations and other sources.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 11:21 PM

15. Bummer - Honey Run Covered Bridge burned up

Honey Run Covered Bridge was a wooden covered bridge crossing Butte Creek, in Butte County, northern California.

It was located on Honey Run Road at Centerville Road, about halfway in between Chico and Paradise.


History

Built in 1886 and accepted as completed by the Butte County Board of Supervisors on January 3, 1887, the Honey Run Bridge (originally Carr Hill Bridge) was constructed by the American Bridge and Building Company of San Francisco. George Miller was appointed Superintendent of Construction by Butte County to oversee the project.

The three-span wooden bridge was originally built uncovered, as evidenced by the timber trusses of the two original, remaining spans covered with sheet metal on three sides. The cover was added in 1901.

Crossing Butte Creek, the Honey Run Bridge was the only surviving example of a three-span timber Pratt-type covered bridge in the United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

The bridge was open to vehicular traffic until a truck crashed into the eastern span and damaged it in 1965, thus making the bridge virtually impassable. A new steel bridge was built upstream for vehicular traffic.

The covered bridge was then used as a pedestrian footbridge, protected within Honey Run Covered Bridge County Park. Local residents raised funds and rebuilt the eastern span and from the ruins, and the bridge re-opened in 1972.[2]

It was destroyed in the Camp Fire wildfire on Nov 8, 2018.



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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 10, 2018, 09:45 AM

16. Yep. That one hurt.

My mom is up there (she's fine) and the local news says 80-90% of the homes in Paradise are burned.

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