Paradise ‘pretty Much Destroyed’ As Wildfire Rages In Northern California

But the fire was spreading rapidly, its growth sped by abnormally hot, dry and windy conditions that had prompted official warnings up and down the fire-prone state.

Within a half-hour, the hospital, Adventist Health Feather River, sent out an alert across its loudspeakers that warned of the impending emergency, kicking off a fevered scramble to evacuate the hospital's patients and staff before the flames subsumed the town. Patients, including many on gurneys or in wheelchairs, were loaded in waiting ambulances, police cars, even some nurses' vehicles as the staff scrambled to evacuate, Loney said. Within a few hours of the hospital's evacuation, many of the buildings on its campus were destroyed, a makeshift medical station set up on a nearby helipad left eerily untouched.

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