Intense videos show the Camp Fire ravaging Northern California

Santa Ana Winds in the Forecast Ramping up Extreme Fire Threat in Southern California

With late autumn winds fanning the flames of the California fires, causing some blazes to grow, these two dynamic maps are worth bookmarking, so you can stay up to date with the latest updates from affected areas in Northern California as well as Southern California.

As she fled, Gina Oviedo described a devastating scene in which flames engulfed homes, sparked explosions and toppled utility poles.

The fire started early Thursday. The friend waiting there with dogs in her vehicle described to her all the trees around the store as on fire.

At the hospital with the stranded patients, some buildings caught fire and were damaged, but the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokeswoman Jill Kinney said. Hospital officials have not returned calls from The Associated Press about the evacuation.

"It's a very unsafe and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.

Since starting at 6:30 a.m. PT just north of Sacramento, the fire is consuming 80 acres per minute - photos show that smoke is already reaching the Bay Area about 150 miles away.

He "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to alert as many residents as possible, Bernacett said.

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She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety on Highway 99, she said. "The mass population is trying to be evacuated at once, a fast-moving fire, trying to get everybody evacuated on the roads, a lot of congestion, traffic accidents".

Sacremento Bee reported that multiple structures were damaged or destroyed near a hospital on Pentz Road as of about 9:45 a.m., but the hospital remained undamaged as of 9:45 a.m. Her 25-year-old son has cerebral palsy, needs a wheelchair to get around and is fed through a tube.

Residents of Butte County ― and particularly Paradise, California, and its surrounding towns ― have been ordered to evacuate and take shelter in local churches in the neighboring town of Chico.

Greer said heavy ash was falling in Chico. Butte College has been closed and is operating as a staging area for fire personnel.

The Concow School sent its 60 students home shortly after the blaze, but many faculty members are anxious about their homes, said Golden Feather Union Elementary School District Superintendent Josh Peete.

The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for fire dangers in many areas of the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue through Friday evening.

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