Valley Fire’s Death Toll Rises, Updates on the Inferno, Maps


The hands of some of our Humboldt firefighters who are battling the inferno in Lake County. “Even our gloves have blisters,” one told us. [Photo provided by a reader.]

At least one more body has been discovered in the Valley Fire, confirmed the Lake County Sheriff late yesterday. The identity is yet unknown. There are believed to be several dead besides the disabled woman, Barbara McWilliams. Cadaver dogs searched yesterday in multiple locations.

Families are turning to social media in hopes their loved ones have not yet contacted them. Edwin Null’s family and friends are sharing the following tweet.

Cal Fire reports that the blaze, even dampened by rain which fell for hours, has burned 73,000 acres and is 35% contained as of this morning.

To help you stay abreast of the most current information, the sidebar to the right has the latest tweets about the #ValleyFire. And we have the most current maps available as of 7 a.m.

Here are four of the best:

    • Zoom into this one (Cal Fire public information map) or this one (Cal Fire Ops Map) to get lots of detail but they take time to load.
    • A 3D Google Earth Map–you’ll need Google Earth for this (Click here to get a feel for what the landscape of the fire is like.)  (Because of the cloud cover, pilots were unable to fly and this is more limited than usual.)
    • A geometric shape map that gives you the basic areas and is usually the most current. See below.

Open this map full screen.



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