Camp Fire now deadliest and most destructive in California history

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Camp Fire has exploded in size since November 8, 2018, and is now the deadliest and most destructive individual wildfire in California history. On November 12, the death toll climbed to 31 and there are still 121 people missing.

As of 19:36 PST, November 11 (03:36 UTC, November 12), the fire has consumed 44 515 ha (111 000 acres) of land and is 25% contained.

A total of 6 713 structures have been destroyed (6 453 residences and 260 commercial), making it by far the most destructive individual wildfire in the history of the state. 15 500 structures remain under threat.

Sadly, the death toll climbed to 29 on November 11, tying it with the deadliest toll in California’s recorded history and to 31 on November 12, making it the deadliest. However, there are still 121 people missing and the death toll will likely continue rising.

The search for missing people continues in destroyed town of Paradise (population 27 000).

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has received some 550 calls asking for welfare checks and 228 missing people reports, said Sheriff Kory Honea. However, detectives have been able to locate 107 of those people, he said.

The same hot, dry and windy conditions that sparked the deadly fires in both Northern and Southern California on Thursday, October 8 had returned Sunday, November 11 and were expected to persist throughout the night, California Governor Jerry Brown said.

Brown requested a major disaster declaration to allow FEMA to begin providing local assistance to the roughly 149 000 residents still fleeing fires up and down the Golden State.

Woolsey Fire

Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties has so far claimed 2 lives and injured 3 people. It burned 34 600 ha (85 500 acres) of land and is only 15% contained, as of 04:36 UTC, November 12. 

177 residences and commercial structures have been destroyed and there are still 57 000 structures threatened.

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