Butte County’s deadly Camp Fire was named after Camp Creek Road, the location where the fire started. Wildfires are often named after their places of origin. For example, last year’s deadly Tubbs Fire was named after Tubbs Lane in Santa Rosa.
Why do they call it Camp Fire?
According to Cal Fire, naming wildfires based on location “allows fire officials to track and prioritize incidents by name.”
The Camp Fire has ravaged more than 6,500 homes and 260 commercial buildings across Butte County.
The ravaging blaze grew by 5,000 acres Thursday in just three hours, according to Cal Fire, meaning it grew by an average of more than one football field every three seconds during that period.
The Camp Fire’s most significant growth period was early Thursday afternoon, when it grew 10,000 acres in about 90 minutes.
This is the equivalent of more than one football field every second.
The blaze has killed at least 25 people, with 110 still missing according to authorities – and the death toll is expected to increase in the next few days thanks to the severe and dry weather conditions.
The Camp Fire engulfed Paradise in 200-foot flames, reducing hundreds of homes, businesses, churches, a school and a hospital to rubble as the raging fire spread.
Abandoned, charred vehicles cluttered the main streets of the town in the Sierra Nevada foothills on Friday, evidence of the panicked evacuation that took place the day before.
Several of the bodies discovered earlier this week were found in or near burned out cars, police have said.
The blaze has cost at least $8.1 million (£1,387,260) to fight so far, according to Steve Kaufmann, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
And the death toll, which could rise, also makes it one of the deadliest.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said 110 people were listed as missing and he urged residents to be vigilant and heed evacuation warnings and orders.
“I don’t like having to get up here every night to tell you about more bodies we found,” he said.
There was a break in the strong winds yesterday, but officials already know the gusts will be back today, so most evacuation orders remain in place.
Ventura county fire chief Mark Lorenzen said the agencies “made heroic efforts in saving lives and saving property”.
“We know Mother Nature has given us some reprieve today,” he said, “but I need everyone to remain vigilant.”
Paradise is still thick with smoke and people who stayed behind to try to save their home or who managed to get back to their neighborhoods found cars burned to a crisp and their homes reduced to rubble.