42 Dead in California’s Camp Fire, Deadliest in State History
The death toll climbed to 42 as of Monday, according to
Sadly, the total number of deaths could grow. Butte County sheriff Kory L. Honea said more 228 people remain missing in the area,
“My sincere hope is that I don’t have to come here each night and report a higher and higher number,” Honea said at a
press conference Monday night.
The inferno has burned 117,000 acres of land, destroyed 6,453 residences, 260 commercial buildings and is only 30 percent contained. Three firefighters have been injured.
What to know about California's deadliest wildfire:
• State is investigating PG&E https://t.co/AMr25Ca6GD
• Bay Area air unhealthy all week https://t.co/Dx5NR1kHlP
• #CampFire map of homes destroyed: https://t.co/cv5ohbXBfD
• How you can help victims https://t.co/76qmzfrnUq
— Mercury News (@mercnews) November 12, 2018
The Camp Fire, which
destroyed the town of Paradise on Thursday, surpasses the death toll of the 1933 Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles that killed 29 people.
“Forecasted low relative humidity and dry fuel moistures combined with steep rugged terrain will continue to impede control operations,” Cal Fire said about the Camp Fire on Monday.
California has been terrorized by a string of devastating wildfires. Last year’s Tubbs Fire, which burned parts of Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties, killed 22 people (the third deadliest in the state) and burned 5,636 structures (the second highest number of structures), the San Francisco Chronicle tallied.
If Northern California had received anywhere near the typical amount of autumn precipitation this year (around 4-5 in. of rain near #CampFire point of origin), explosive fire behavior & stunning tragedy in #Paradise would almost certainly not have occurred. (1/n) #CAfire #CAwx pic.twitter.com/2LBKjSVBMF
— Daniel Swain (@Weather_West) November 10, 2018
Nearly 9,000 firefighters are battling the fires throughout the state, Reuters reported.
The Woolsey Fire in Southern California’s Ventura County has killed two people, burned 93,662 acres and is 30 percent contained, Cal Fire reported Monday evening.
— EcoWatch (@EcoWatch) November 12, 2018
President Trump—who threatened to withdraw federal funding and criticized California officials for “gross mismanagement” of forests in an ill-informed and widely criticized tweet—has approved a disaster declaration in the state. This will unlock federal funding and other resources.
“I just approved an expedited request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California,” the president tweeted Monday. “Wanted to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on. I am with you all the way. God Bless all of the victims and families affected.”