Missing List Jumps to Over 600 on the Camp Fire; Humboldt County Residents Are There to Fight the Flames (Maps, Video, Photos)

A burned house in Paradise.

A burned house in Paradise. [Photo taken last week by Mark McKenna]

As order begins to emerge from the chaos of the early days of the Camp Fire, a horrifically large number emerged last night from the Butte County Sheriff—631 people have been reported missing.

Some of those will eventually be located alive but the number of people killed will also surely continue to rise. 63 bodies have been located so far. Three more were located in Magalia–“two inside structures and one outside.” Another three were located in Paradise–“two inside structures and one in a vehicle.” And the remains of one human was found outdoors in Concow.

And beyond the loss of life is the incredible number of lost homes. Around 9700 residences are now reported destroyed and 336 businesses that people had poured their hopes and dreams into are gone. That doesn’t even count the outbuildings crumbled to smoking ash.

The Camp Fire has now covered 142,000 acres and is 45% contained.

The Plan:

Last night, the fire continued to creep towards the northeast. Cal Fire said their crews “worked last night to continue improving containment lines through indirect methods and back-firing as conditions allow.”

They will continue to do that today.

Stirling City Fire Chief and wife in front of first house built in his town. 1903

Stirling City Fire Chief and wife in front of the first house built in his town. It was built in 1903. [Photo by Diana Totten]

Diana Totten, a well-known Humboldt County resident, who is supervising the Division in charge of stopping the wall of fire moving towards Stirling City, reached us this morning as she made her way to the northern front of the fire. Totten said that the Humboldt County Strike team, Cal Fire engines from Humboldt, and independent workers from the area have been very helpful in fighting the deadly Camp Fire.

“We’ve made a huge impact on how this fire has gone,” she said. “It’s something to be proud of that our small communities have made a difference. We’ve come from small communities to help protect other small communities.”

Briceland Fire truck from Humboldt County parked in front of Stirling City. [

A truck from Briceland Fire in Humboldt County as it was parked yesterday in front of the Stirling City Fire Department. [Photo by Diana Totten]

The Weather:  

Firefighters are worried about a Fire Weather Watch that is predicted from Saturday evening until Sunday evening. But currently, the temperatures, humidity and amount of wind remain basically unchanged from yesterday.

The Roads:

Caltrans District 3 is reporting these closures: (For the most recent information go to http://QuickMap.dot.ca.gov)

caltrans 16Numerous county roads are also closed.

The Maps:

  • Camp Fire Public Information Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.Camp pio 16
  • Camp Fire Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.Camp Ops 16
  • Camp Fire KMZ Map–Zoom for detail or, for 3D imagery, click on the map and download a file that connects with your Google Earth program. Warning this imagery was captured around 5:43 p.m. last night and does not show the latest borders.Camp Heat 16

Evacuation Information:

For the most up to date information, click here. Scroll down once there to find an excellent evacuation map.

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