When a Deadly Disaster Is 15 Minutes Away Or Less

Route Fifty: The Camp Fire still being battled to containment in the Sierra Nevada foothills north of Sacramento, California is the type of disaster that prompts questions in communities with limited evacuation routes that are vulnerable to wildfires, flash floods and other threats that can rapidly turn deadly: What would happen if you had to evacuate thousands of people very quickly?

It’s been a very real and difficult question in Butte County, where the Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record, has been burning since last week.

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