PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says a fire in Northern California is a “very dangerous and serious situation.”
He is confirming reports that people had to abandon their vehicles as they try to flee the fast-moving fire.
He says the agency is spread thin on resources but officials are “doing everything we can to get people out of the affected areas.”
At least 27,000 people in the town of Paradise about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco were ordered to flee Thursday.
He says he wants people to know that if they can evacuate, they need to evacuate.