Adventist Health Feather River, a hospital in Paradise, evacuated its patients on Thursday afternoon.
A wildfire came down from a hilltop, Thursday, near Newbury Park, Calif. Paradise itself is around 70 miles south of Redding, where the Carr Fire killed eight people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes in July.
The school closures cover all districts in the county, including those in Paradise, Chico, Oroville and the Butte County Office of Education as well.
Rural areas fared little better.
The hospital is in Paradise, 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.
"We're talking devastated", McLean said. The erupted Thursday near the northwest corner of the city of Los Angeles as the region's notorious Santa Ana winds gusted, triggering overnight evacuations of an estimated 75,000 homes in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County. Officials have put most of Northern California is under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.
This fire quickly spread to cover 10,000 acres, Ventura County Fire Department officials said. Wind gusts of almost 50 miles per hour helped speed its growth.
The Camp Fire was closing in.
"There's nothing much left standing", he said.
Cal Fire spokesman, Bryce Bennett, stated earlier in the day there was a possibility the fire could enter city limits.
"We have received reports of some fatalities". "I don't think, there's not going to be a home left in Paradise". She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety, she said. She instantly found herself stuck in gridlock. "I saved their lives", D'Amico said.
"They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours", he added. A fire had broken out in her yard, blocking the path to her vehicle. Already cars were bumper to bumper, she says. The fire earlier ripped through Paradise, about 30 kilometres east of Chico.
Concerned friends and family posted frantic messages on Twitter and other sites saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone.
Reporter Laura Anthony, of the local ABC station KGO, shot video of a "firenado" in Paradise Thursday.
East of Chico on Picholine Way, a line of cars crowded roads as people evacuated from that area around 9 p.m. "A lot of roads were congested with traffic that just could not move, so we moved those into church parking lots and store parking lots where we could get them all together and have our resources there to protect them".
"My husband tried his best to get everybody out". Biut we might never go back. "They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times".
The Camp Fire, in Butte County, north of the state's capital, Sacramento, had burned through some 18,000 acres as of Thursday evening and was zero percent contained as officials scrambled to evacuate area residents.
One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the USA 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.