Camp Fire Death Toll at 48 and Expected to Climb [Maps, Photos]
Around 7,600 homes and around 260 businesses have been destroyed. More have been damaged. Check out the online Camp Fire Structure Status map for more.
Overnight the fire continued to grow but calmer winds moderated its spread. Today, it is estimated to have reached 135,000 acres and is about 35% contained.
Over 52,000 people have been evacuated many of them with no homes to return to once the fire is out.
Below we have maps and a breakdown of what to expect.
The Plan:The fire is continuing to creep to the north, east, and south. The west along the Hwy 99 containment line is holding.
Firefighters have been putting in dozer lines and doing backfiring. They are working particularly hard to keep the wildfire from reaching Stirling City and into Paradise Pines on the north.
“We use fire to fight fire,” explained Humboldt County resident Diana Totten who is the Division U Supervisor. “Those backfires are a very good strategy…Now the fuels are gone ahead of the coming fire.”
Several factors helped, Totten said. “The northeast winds were in our favor.”
She said, “We work with a lot of dynamics–the fuel, the weather, the topography, and the personnel [when using backfires].” Each of them have to have the right conditions for the backfires work correctly, she said. “The biggest dynamic needed for success is having people who are really well trained. It takes hundreds of people all going with one goal in mind.”
She said her crews are doing phenomenal work.
However, the destruction and horror of the catastrophic wildfire can be hard on crews in the area, she said. “I’m still finding animals that have been locked in houses and horses with phone numbers spray-painted on their side.”
The burned buildings, the animals suffering, and the weight of knowing how much fellow humans have lost is difficult, she explained. “After driving through the devastation in the town of Paradise, it helps to have the successes of places like Stirling City so that when we drive home at night we feel hope,” she said.
Trinity, Mendocino, and Humboldt County crews are in Butte County helping. Like soldiers, the images they so often send home are of the good times not the horrific experiences that may haunt them for months.
Though the fire wasn’t quite as active yesterday, relatively low humidity today (14-20% minimums) and dry vegetation have the potential to feed the fire and cause rapid growth.
However, winds are expected to be light during the day. Tonight gusts could reach 15 mph (20 mph in the Feather River drainage) and increase the danger of spotting.
- 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 5:50 p.m. last night and does not show the latest borders.
For the most up to date information, click here. Scroll down once there to find an excellent evacuation map.
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