Northern California Wildfire Quadruples In Size Overnight

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A fast-moving wildfire that started in Northern California Thursday almost quadrupled in size overnight.

As of early Friday, the so-called “Camp” fire had scorched an estimated 70,000 acres in Butte county. On Thursday afternoon, officials said the blaze had spread over more than 18,000 acres. CNN reports that at one point, the fire was growing at a rate of 80 football fields every minute.

It’s prompted evacuation orders for more than 50,000 people and threatened at least 15,000 structures.

Multiple injuries and fatalities have been reported by both firefighters and residents, but the exact number is still unclear.

So far, fire officials say they’ve contained only five percent of the fire. And firefighters are continuing to wrestle with extreme conditions like high winds and long range spotting.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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