Camp Fire Death Toll Now At 48, 130,000 Acres Large
A sheriff says the death toll has reached 48 in the Northern California wildfire, per Associated Press.
Fire crews battling a Northern California blaze that leveled a town and killed at least 48 people made gains overnight and prevented the blaze from advancing toward a town of 19,000 people.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday that firefighters held containment lines to slow the wildfire's advance toward Oroville.
Officials say more than 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that destroyed the town of Paradise and has charred 130,000 acres since it started Thursday. The blaze is 35% contained.
Milder winds of up to 25 mph (40 kph) are expected in the area Tuesday. But fire behavior specialist at Cal Fire Jonathan Pangburn says the there's plenty of bone dry vegetation ready to burn "really fast and hot."
The wildfire has destroyed more than 6,500 homes and displaced 52,000 people.
CAL FIRE says about 260 commercial buildings are reported destroyed, and 32 are damaged.
CAL FIRE says it expects to fully contain the fire by November 30th.
An official cause remains under investigation.
More than 5,100 personnel are fighting the fire, including 622 engines and 21 helicopters.
Butte County Sheriff say they've arrested several people caught looting as well. Those arrests can be found below.
#CampFire [update] Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road near Jarbo Gap (Butte County) is now 130,000 acres and 35% contained. Evacuations in place. Unified Command: @CALFIRE_ButteCo, @ButteSheriff, Paradise Police Department, and the USFS.https://t.co/CJkryyPNVZ pic.twitter.com/9VI8WlFdWY— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) November 14, 2018
If you need a safe place to stay due to the CA wildfires, text SHELTER and your zip code (i.e. SHELTER 12345) to 43362 to locate an open emergency shelter near you.— FEMA (@fema) November 13, 2018
Follow local officials for evacuation instructions & @femaregion9 for more info. #CampFire #WoolseyFire #HillFire pic.twitter.com/P5fquZDt2h
The Salvation Army is collecting monetary donations for fire victims.
The Salvation Army will utilize the funds to provide ongoing and future assistance in the Butte County area. To give, visit www.gosalarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
Donations by mail can be sent to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 348000
Sacramento, CA 95834
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
.@JerryBrownGov on #CAFires: “I want to thank all the firefighters and first responders – everyone who has worked so hard under very, very trying conditions. Our thoughts and our prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and members of their family, neighbors and friends.” pic.twitter.com/jt3akjO7nb— Gov. Brown Press Office (@GovPressOffice) November 12, 2018