[UPDATE Sunday] Camp Fire Tops 100,000 Acres; Multiple Dead (Maps, Video, and Images From the Devastation East of Chico)
Many of the dead were found in vehicles where the fire had overcome them. These are not believed to be those vehicles. [Crop of a photo by Mark McKenna]
At least nine victims have been counted dead after the Camp Fire exploded east of Chico in the early morning hours of November 8 near the town of Paradise which had a population of close to 30,000 and is now mostly a vast swath of destruction. Many of the dead were found in cars attempting to flee the fast-moving flames. Others were found in or just outside of residences.PG&E reported a power line outage at nearly the same time and in almost exactly the same place as the Camp Fire is known to have started.
The fire has now spread over 100,000 acres with 20% containment. Most of that containment is the southeast of Chico along Hwy 99. The flames continue to move rapidly. However, today should see some slowing due to weather conditions. But dangerous winds are expected to push the fire hard tonight. (See weather section below.)Cal Fire is currently estimating that 6,453 residences and 260 commercial structures have been destroyed.
And, the fire is still spreading.
The Weather:Firefighters expect a calmer day with thick smoke until about 8 p.m. when dangerous winds are expected to kick up. Gusts could go as high as 50 mph in higher elevations. These strong winds are expected to last until early Sunday morning.
The Plan:To keep the Camp Fire from spreading into the densely populated areas around Chico, Hwy 99 is a critical stopping point for firefighters. They will be battling to keep the fire north and east of that. Hwy 149 is a critical corner of the fence they are using to corral in the Camp Fire, also. They want to keep the flames north of it.
Firefighters will be fighting a house to house battle to save structures from Centerville northeast through Paradise Pines.
The Roads:Caltrans District 3 is reporting:
Numerous county roads are also closed.
- Camp Fire Public Information Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
- Camp Fire Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
- 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 8 p.m. last night and does not show the latest borders.
First one video, from Thursday evening:
Then some photos from Thursday evening.
Then yesterday’s devasting photos from Paradise and beyond. The Humboldt County Strike Team started the morning at Chico’s fairgrounds.And, one final video…
For the most up to date information, click here.
New evacuation orders from the Butte County Sheriff:
An Evacuation Order has been issued for East Bound Hwy 162/Oro Quincy Hwy at Forbestown Rd east to Mountain House Road/4 Mile Ridge Road, including the communities of Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Mountain House and Bloomer Hill. Residents are advised to exit using West Bound Hwy 162 through the City of Oroville. #ButteSheriff#CampFire