Camp Fire Now Deadliest in California (Maps, Photos)
Over 200 people are still missing.
“Firefighters worked through the night to hold perimeter lines and provide structure defense in areas where the fire was impacting structures,” Cal Fire states. It reports that the fire has now spread across 113,000 acres and is at 25% containment. The fire mainly spread to the east and is now surrounding much of the upper arms of Lake Oroville. It also spread northwards.
See below for maps, more on the plan to fight the fire, and what firefighters are facing.
Images by Mark McKenna:
Though the weather is predicted to be windy and dry, the incredibly dangerous winds of the last few days are over.
The weather is predicted to reach the high sixties through the rest of the week but drop to below 50 degrees at night.
The humidity could drop into the single digits still which makes for difficult conditions for firefighters especially with dry fuel conditions on par with that usually found in the summer.
The Plan:Cal Fire said, “Today, firefighters will continue to fight the fire aggressively, provide structure defense and strategically be prepositioned in the case of any wind shifts.” They have managed to hold the fire at Hwy 99 to the southwest. But the erratic and strong winds of yesterday pushed the fire to east.
Firefighters are working to keep the fire west of the Oroville Quincy Hwy (162) and south of Stirling City, which in spite of its name is a town of less than 300.
Humboldt County at the Butte Fire:Yesterday, Humboldt County had an extra large presence at the Camp Fire. Not only was the strike team fighting fire but Guy Fieri, Ferndale’s celebrity chef surprised everyone by cooking a large meal at the law enforcement staging area at Butte College.
Curt Watkins, Battalion Chief for the Arcata Fire District said that the crew was first sent to Branch 10, division MM. “But, dynamic systems with wind shifts” caused the crew to be reassigned about five miles out from the fire on Hwy 162 near Brush Creek and Mountain House.
“Yesterday we were assigned to prep structures,” Watkins explained. “Cleared brush, cut small trees…and worked close to the houses so the dozers could do their work preparing contingency lines.”
Today, they are headed back to base for 24 hours off the fire lines after being on for 24 hours. “Our crews are doing great and everyone is healthy,” Watkins said. The next few hours will be spent checking and cleaning equipment and then resting before going back out onto the fire tomorrow morning.
Last night, Guy Fieri, made a visit to the Butte College staging area where he cooked a pulled pork dinner for first responders. “Thank you so much Guy for filling our bellies and lifting our spirits,” tweeted the Butte County Sheriff’s account.
- 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 6:48 p.m. last night and does not show the latest borders.
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