Camp Fire burns through Northern California

Thousands of people have evacuated their homes as Camp Fire roars on.

The fast-moving wildfire began early Thursday morning in the town of Paradise, Calif., a population of 27,000, and has burned through 18,000 acres. Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Butte County. As of approximately 2:30 p.m., Cal Fire’s Butte unit reported zero percent of the fire had been contained.

At the request of Butte County, Chico State’s Twitter account shared at 4:25 p.m. that “No evacuations have been ordered for the City of Chico at this time.”

Cal Fire spokesman, Bryce Bennett, stated earlier in the day there was a possibility the fire could enter city limits.

“Right now, Mother Nature is in charge,” Bennett said.

Chico State Alerts reported the university will be closed, Friday, out of an abundance of caution.

Mathew Miranda can be reached at newseditor@theorion.com or @MathewMiranda24 on Twitter

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