California Fires

Updated: 11/26/2018 12:56:14 AM
Cal Fire, the state's forestry and fire protection agency, announced the blaze was completely contained early Sunday. That does not mean the fire is out. It indicates that a fire line has been cut around the entirety of the remaining blaze, preventing it from reaching trees and other fuel.
The Camp Fire has destroyed 13,972 residences and 528 commercial buildings as it burned 153,336 acres, according to the latest Cal Fire incident report.
While 249 people remain missing, the sheriff's office says, that number is down from more than 1,000 just a few days ago.
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Updated: 11/25/2018 2:10:13 AM
After more than two weeks of a raging inferno, firefighters are getting closer to containing the Camp Fire that has killed 87 people in Northern California.
At least 475 people remain unaccounted for, down from more than 1,000 days earlier, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.
California's deadliest wildfire, which started November 8, remained 98% contained after rain helped firefighters extinguish some of the hot spots, Cal Fire, the state's forestry and fire protection agency, said Saturday morning.
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Updated: 11/23/2018 9:38:07 AM
The deadliest blaze in California history is nearly contained after firefighters got a little help from the rain. While more rain Friday could mean an end to the two-week fire, it also brings the risks of flooding and mudslides. Northern California's Camp Fire was 95% contained as of Friday morning, according to Cal Fire, the state's forestry and fire protection agency. The blaze is no longer threatening any structures, fire officials say.
"Rainfall that would normally be absorbed will run off extremely quickly after a wildfire, as burned soil can be as water-repellent as pavement," the National Weather Service said.
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Updated: 11/23/2018 1:00:16 AM
The state's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced that the Woolsey Fire has now been fully contained. The blaze killed at least three people and destroyed some 1,500 structures across Los Angeles and Ventura counties before firefighters managed to rein it in. Residents of Malibu and other battered areas are beginning to return home — if their homes still stand — for a bittersweet holiday.

Camp Fire continues to rage in some areas. Hundreds are still missing. At least 84 people have been confirmed dead - and with more than 560 still unaccounted for, that death toll threatens to climb as authorities identify more victims' remains.
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Updated: 11/22/2018 12:54:09 AM
In one day, the number of people unaccounted for in Northern California's Camp Fire fell by 307 while the death toll increased by two, authorities said.
Nearly two weeks after the Golden State's deadliest and most destructive fire began, 563 people are still unaccounted for, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said. Authorities started with a list of roughly 2,052 people and worked around the clock to identify the dead and account for survivors so they can focus on getting people back into their homes, he said.
News of two more deaths brought the total number of people killed in the Camp Fire to 83. Of the 83 sets of recovered remains, 58 of them have been tentatively identified, Honea said. Cumulative, number of victims now reach 86.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/21/2018 3:26:15 AM
Crews searching fire-ravaged communities in Northern California for human remains were in a race against the weather Tuesday with rain in the forecast. The precipitation could help knock out the flames, but it could also hinder the search by washing away fragmentary remains and turning ash into a thick paste.
Almost 700 people were reported missing in the Camp Fire. Meanwhile, two more people were found dead Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 81. Statewide the count stands at 84 killed.
Lonnie Quinn, chief weathercaster at CBS New York, said rain could hit the area Wednesday and again Friday. Some fire-scarred areas could get half an inch of rain an hour, which could trigger mudslides.
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Updated: 11/20/2018 12:54:39 AM
Some 79 people have perished in the blaze but there are, as of Sunday, a further 993 still missing.
Sheriff Honea pointed to the fact that the number of the missing had dropped by 300 between Sunday and Monday.
Meanwhile, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Monday that the fire is now 66 per cent contained.
But officials say they worry rain could complicate the efforts of the crews searching for human remains, while the National Weather Service warned there could be mudslides and rock slides.
Meanwhile, the number of buildings destroyed by the fires has risen to 1500.
Fire officials also reported on Monday that the count of damaged buildings is now at 341, as they continued to mop up and patrol the 391km burn area in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/19/2018 1:39:10 AM
Over the last few days the number of people unaccounted for in the deadly Camp Fire in northern California skyrocketed to 1,300, before falling again to just below 1,000. The confirmed death toll of 77, plus 3 in another fire is already a state record, so could this huge number of missing people really still be added to that?
On Friday, when the list first soared to over 1,000, Sheriff Kory Honea described the database as "dynamic". "The information I am providing you is raw data and we find there is the likely possibility that the list contains duplicate names," the sheriff said on Friday. Officials say the large fluctuation is occurring as investigators try to compile all the missing person reports from calls, reports and emails since the fire began on 8 November.
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Updated: 11/18/2018 2:11:38 AM
President Donald Trump witnessed the devastation for himself Saturday, accompanied by Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom. "We're all going to work together and we'll do a real job, but this is very sad to see," Trump said.
There are now at least 76 dead from the Camp Fire, which has obliterated more structures and lives than any previous fire in California.
A list of people unaccounted for has almost 1,300 names on it. Officials hope they find those people at shelters, or that missing people were simply without phone service and will eventually call in, or that they will figure out duplicate names when reconciling the list.
Meanwhile, three deaths have been reported in the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, bringing the statewide death toll from the wildfires to 79.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/17/2018 4:11:41 AM
As of Friday, 71 people had been confirmed dead in the fire, which swept through the city of Paradise and surrounding areas on Nov. 8. Around 500 specialists and more than 20 cadaver dogs are combing the incinerated hills and gullies of the wooded community for human remains.
Sheriff Kory L. Honea of Butte County said on Friday that more than 1,000 people were still missing, a startling increase from previous lists.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/16/2018 1:37:03 AM
The number of missing in Californian wildfires has soared to 634, as authorities added hundreds of names to the lists of the unaccounted for Thursday, in what has become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history.
Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said Thursday evening the death toll from the Camp Fire in northern California had grown to 63 people. Seven sets of remains were discovered Thursday, he said.
At least two other people have been killed in another, separate wildfire in Southern California, putting the state's death toll at 65 since the two blazes began last week.
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Updated: 11/15/2018 11:23:14 AM
The latest list of people missing from the Camp Fire in Butte County has more than doubled to 301, with nearly 500 searchers sifting through the rubble of Paradise and other communities devastated by the blaze that erupted one week ago.
The list has grown steadily since Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea’s office released the first tally of 103 missing on Wednesday, then later amended it to total 130.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/15/2018 9:39:25 AM
California officials said they've identified most of the 59 people known to have died in wildfires that started a week ago. Searchers recovered eight more victims of the "Camp Fire" north of Sacramento on Wednesday along with a third victim of the "Woolsey Fire" near Los Angeles. In the "Camp Fire," 130 other people are still unaccounted for.
Now there's another threat: Rain in the forecast, which could bring mudslides.
Brock Long, administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said the damage to Paradise was "one of the worst disasters" he had ever seen.
Crews have contained 35% of the Camp Fire in northern California, which has become the deadliest conflagration in state history. They do not expect to fully contain the blaze - which has razed 56,600 ha - until the end of the month.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/14/2018 1:21:40 AM
The statewide death toll in California’s wildfires reached 50 late Tuesday, as authorities reported six more fatalities in the Camp fire in the north of the state.
Authorities have brought in cadaver dogs, mobile morgue units, rapid DNA identification units and 100 national guard troops.
The fire is still actively burning, and more than 5,000 fire personnel are on the scene from across the country. They continue to battle flames including in the area north of Magalia near Stirling City. With increased visibility, planes were able to deliver retardant as crews on the ground worked in steep inaccessible terrain, Cal Fire authorities said.
Many of the dead have been found badly burned in cars and residences.
Areas are being searched closely but there is an “unfortunate possibility” that once residents are allowed to return, they may encounter remains authorities missed, Sheriff Honea said.
Authorities have arrested six people, all of whom were suspected of looting.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/13/2018 4:09:00 AM
A new brush fire sparked along the 118 Freeway in the Santa Susana Pass Monday, sending plumes of white smoke into the air along the roadway. Firefighters from Ventura and Los Angeles counties responded to the blaze, with aerial units dropping water on the freeway as the flames drew close to passing vehicles. The California Highway Patrol's Moorpark division tweeted that there was a full closure of the eastbound 118 Freeway at Yosemite Avenue, and the westbound lanes of the 118 at Topanga Canyon, urging motorists to use the 126 Freeway or the 101 Freeway as an alternate route. Simi Valley police said Los Angeles Avenue eastbound from Rory Lane to Kuehner Drive was also shut down, along with Kuehner Drive from the Santa Susana Pass to the 118 Freeway. Immediate evacuations were ordered for areas of Box Canyon and Lake Manor in unincorporated Los Angeles south of the 118 Freeway. The blaze was situated outside the Woolsey Fire zone and was running uphill off the 118 Freeway near Rocky Peak Road, according to authorities. "We do expect some threat to structures in the area of Corriganville and Smith Road," said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. "That's probably our fire with the most potential right now."
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/13/2018 1:04:27 AM
An additional 13 sets of human remains were discovered Monday in Northern California, bringing the death toll from the Camp Fire to 42, making it the deadliest wildfire in the state's history, the sheriff of Butte County said.
A Malibu resident who has lived through many wildfires said she has never seen one touch so many parts of the city at once.
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Updated: 11/12/2018 4:46:32 AM
The death toll in wildfires sweeping California has risen to 31, with more than 200 people still missing, officials have said.
Six more people were confirmed killed in the Camp Fire in the north of the state, taking the toll there to 29. That fire now equals the deadliest on record in California - the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles.
The mayor of Paradise, Jody Jones, gave the BBC an update on the situation in the town: "Most of the residential [area] is gone. I would say 90%," she said. "I had an opportunity to go up there and take a look for myself. Just about everyone I know lost their home."
The fire is the most destructive in the state's history and the joint deadliest. It has burned more than 45,000 hectares so far and is nearly 25% contained, fire officials said.

The Woolsey Fire blaze started on Thursday near Thousand Oaks, about 64km north-west of central Los Angeles.
It has consumed at least 85,500 acres and destroyed at least 177 buildings, officials said. It is only 10% contained. The smaller Hill Fire, nearby, has scorched 4,530 acres and is 75% contained.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/11/2018 4:48:59 AM
Another strong wind event threatens to fuel the deadly California firestorm into Tuesday, creating hazardous conditions for fire crews and putting additional lives and property at risk. A pattern similar to what led to the rapid spread of the Camp and Woolsey fires late this week has returned.
As firefighters race to slow down the ferocious Camp Fire before the weather turns against them, crews are combing through blackened ruins to asses damage and search for human remains.
It's now the third-deadliest wildfire and the most destructive in state history. And the painstaking process of finding the missing and identifying the dead is challenging, with some of the bodies recovered burned beyond recognition.
The majority of the remains were found in or near the fire-ravaged town of Paradise, California. Many were found inside or near homes or in vehicles, officials said. Authorities said they have reports of 110 people still missing in the area affected by the blaze.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/10/2018 9:56:33 AM
In a matter of days, a Northern California fire has become the most destructive in the state's modern history, killing at least nine people and wiping out much of an entire town.
A quarter of a million people have been forced from their homes statewide as the Camp Fire in the north and two other major fires -- Woolsey and Hill -- in Southern California burned this weekend.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/9/2018 11:03:34 AM
More than 150,000 people were forced to flee their homes because of wildfires in California, according to Mark Ghilarducci, director of California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
Fatalities have been reported in the California wildfires, Mark Ghilarducci, director of California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, announced in a news conference Friday.
Officials will provide numbers and details as they become available, he added. It is unclear at this time which fires have claimed lives.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/9/2018 6:44:26 AM
Multiple injuries in Camp Fire have been reported by both civilians and firefighters, Cal Fire spokesman John Gaddie said. The extent of their injuries is unknown.Authorities fear the fire, fueled by strong winds, could reach Chico -- a city of 90,000 people where many Butte County families already have evacuated to shelters.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/9/2018 4:43:16 AM
Mandatory evacuations were in effect for for Cal State Channel Islands, Vallecito Mobile Home Park, Camarillo Springs, Dos Vientos areas and city of Calabasas.
The fire currently ablaze in Northern California, called the Camp Fire, is moving at a rate of 8,778 metres per minute, and has already burned through 20,000 acres.
Govenor-elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency and has requested federal funds for those impacted by the fires in the state. He said 40,000 people have been evacuated.
More than 2,200 firefighters are battling the flames that started yesterday and it is remains unconfined as it ripped through towns in Butte County.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott Maclean said: “The town of Paradise is devastated, everything is destroyed. There's nothing much left standing.
"This fire moved so fast and grew so fast a lot of people got caught by it."
Red flag warnings are in place throughout today as authorities fear the fires could reach Chico, a town with 90,000 people.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 11/9/2018 4:05:03 AM
A fire official says the Northern California town of Paradise has been “pretty much” destroyed. CalFire Capt. Scott McLean says a wind-whipped wildfire destroyed thousands of structures but he said they won’t have an exact count until they can get into the area.
Authorities in Northern California have ordered mandatory evacuations in a rural area where a wildfire has grown to 405 hectares amid hot and windy weather.
Police officer in Chico, John Barker, said many elderly people live in Paradise and some are immobile. He said he was briefly trapped by fire while trying to get people out, with flames across the road in front of him and behind him.
Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter said he was on a bulldozer that pushed cars out of the way Thursday to get to the Hospital in the town of Paradise. When he arrived there, patients were out in the front of the emergency room, where the roof had caught fire. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said some people at the hospital were trapped in a tunnel.
Butte County CalFire Chief Darren Read said Thursday the destruction in the town of Paradise could be upward of a thousand structures.
Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in the area.
Source: DORRIS

Published Friday, November 9, 2018

Residents in the Paradise area along the Feather River Canyon are being evacuated because of the Camp Fire.

The fire started about 6:30 a.m. this morning near Camp Creek Road near Pulga and swept west toward Paradise.

It is at 5,000 acres with 0 percent containment, Cal Fire public information officer Rick Carhart said. The fire was reported burning in town on the Skyway, as well as Pentz Road.

According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, Feather River Hospital, a retirement home, and Ponderosa Elementary School were all evacuated.

Emergency scanner traffic said structures are on fire near Pentz Road. Hospital patients were sent to Enloe Medical Center in Chico. Butte College was being closed just after 10 a.m. The hospital's 60 patients have been evacuated, and the building is closed, Maureen Wisener, public information officer said. Some employees are sheltering at the hospital.

In Paradise, the Carnegie, North Pines, North Fir Haven, South Fir Haven, South Pine, Old Maglia, and South Coutelenc zones are being ordered to evacuate and zones, according to the Sheriff's Office. The communities of Pulga, Concow, Centerville and Butte Creek are also being evacuated.

Town Manager Lauren Gill said anyone who feels the need to leave, should leave. "The goal is to get as many people out of town safely and to save lives," she said. Highway 70 has been shut down at Pentz Road.
Source: DORRIS

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Power: 0
Affected Area: 2000 km.
Alert Level: Red
Category: Fire
Response: Evacuate
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Killed: 89
Injured: 249
Missing: 11
Evacuated: 300000
Affected: 15500

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