Paradise fire, also known as Camp Fire, has destroyed almost the entire city of Paradise, leaving homes and businesses as scorched shells. There are more than 200 people unaccounted for after a town of around 27,000 was taken over by flames, with fire crews desperately searching for those missing. More than 6,700 structures have been destroyed in the blaze, most of them homes.
A team of anthropologists and a DNA lab have been called in to help identify those killed.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said on Saturday: “We are doing everything we possibly can to identify those remains and make contact with the next of kin so we can return the remains to the family.”
The Camp Fire is considered the most destructive fire in state history, with the death toll reaching California’s record for deaths in a single fire.
There are two other fires blazing in Southern California, The Woolsey Fire in Malibu, and the Hill Fire.
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The Woolsey Fire has gutted Malibu mansions and suburban homes, with celebrities recording the devastation on social media.
Actor Gerard Butler posted an image to Twitter of the smouldering remains of his home and truck.
He wrote: “Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters.”
Is the fire still burning?
As of Sunday, containment of Paradise Fire was at just 25 percent.
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The blaze has grown to 111,000 acres, increasing from 105,000 on Saturday.
There are more than 4,500 firefighters with at least 500 fire engines, 79 bulldozers and 23 helicopters fighting the flames according to officials.
Where are evacuation orders?
An estimated 52,000 people have already evacuated the region, with more than 20 zones listed on the mandatory evacuation orders issued by Cal Fire.
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Some of these are listed below –
- Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley
- Butte Creek Road
- Yankee Hill
- Morgan Ridge
For the full list see here.
There are seven listed evacuation shelters, however, three of these are already full.
Butte County Fairgrounds, Oroville Nazarene Church and Neighborhood Church are listed as full.
There is still space at Bidwell Jr Highschool, Yuba Sutter Fairground, Plumas County Fairgrounds and Glenn County Fairgrounds.
The weather is not working in fire crews favour, as Scott Jalbert, chief of Cal Fire’s San Luis Obispo Unit, said on Sunday morning: “Sadly, with these winds, it’s not over yet.”