Butte County CalFire Chief Darren Read said at a news conference that two firefighters and multiple residents were injured.
Officials are describing a harrowing effort to rescue patients from a burning hospital in a Northern California town ravaged by wildfire.
"It's a very risky and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told The Associated Press.
"We had to drive through flames to make it out safely", she said. "We were able to get them home pretty quick", he said.
He confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles as they fled the scene.
"We're getting them on other vehicles with room". "Once it got going it picked up very rapidly". "The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate", Honea said.
The Camp Fire started Thursday morning near Paradise, a town of around 27,000 some 90 miles north of Sacramento.
Scott McLean, a spokesman for Cal Fire, said the fire in Northern California's Butte County has "destroyed the town". The fire was spreading at a rapid rate after it sparked around 6:30 a.m., expanding from 1,000 to 18,000 acres in a matter of hours.
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"The blaze is being driven by fairly strong winds", Carhart said.
The dry heat and limited rainfall - in some places, no rainfall at all - contributed to the fire's spread..
Adventist Health Feather River, a hospital in Paradise, evacuated its patients on Thursday afternoon. It's the second time Hall has fled a California fire, she said.
Local media reports have shown images of traffic moving away from the plumes of smoke and orange glow of the wildfire. The Camp Fire is now moving out of the Paradise area toward Chico, a city with 93,000 residents.
A statue sits on the deck of a burning home as the Camp Fire moves through the area on November 8, 2018 in Paradise, California.
Hospital spokeswoman Jill Kinney said all patients were evacuated.
The California Highway Patrol closed Highway 70 near the fire and urged motorists to avoid the area.
Shari Bernacett said she and her husband tried to get people to leave the mobile home park they manage in Paradise and had minutes to evacuate as flames reached the east side of the town. "We tried to get all the nondigital things that we could - you know, stuff that couldn't be replaced".
Jillian Smalley escaped her neighborhood as fire consumed everything around her. Flames and cinders crawled along the ground and up trees as she, her mother and grandmother fled the area. God help us!' Bernacett said before breaking down crying.