Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration to aid with multiple fires burning in California. She said she did not know the exact number of people evacuated.
Resident Shari Bernacett told the Associated Press she "knocked on doors, yelled and screamed" to get mobile home residents in her area to leave as fire consumed the hillside.
A home burns during the Camp fire in Paradise, California on November 08, 2018.
The Associated Press said the Ventura County Fire Department had ordered evacuation of some communities in the path of the flames - not far from the site of a deadly mass shooting at a bar in the city of Thousand Oaks.
A fast-moving wildfire roared through a Northern California town on Thursday, with reports of fatalities as it burned hundreds of homes and sent tens of thousands of people fleeing 50-foot-high (15.25-metres-high) flames, authorities and a Reuters witness said.
"The whole hill's on fire", she said while crying.
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. She said a group of 20 other patients were initially evacuated but then returned to the facility because of gridlocked traffic.
Terrifying videos posted on social media showed cars driving along roads that looked like tunnels of fire with flames on both sides of the road.
Among them was Kim Curtis, who was searching for her grandmother, who told family at 8 a.m. today that she would flee her Paradise home in her Buick with her cat. "There are dozens of strike teams that we're bringing in from all parts of the state".
Some of the hospital's 'outbuildings, ' such as out-patient clinics caught fire and were damaged but the main hospital was not, said Kinney.
The fire started at about 6:30am Thursday morning and reached 5,000 acres in three hours, fueled by high winds.
"It's very chaotic. It's a very bad fire", Officer Ryan Lambert of the California Highway Patrol said of the evacuation.