Camp Fire: 48 Now Have Died-Most Deadly California Fire Ever

WATCH LIVE: Officials are providing updates on day six of the Camp Fire:


Firefighters received the marching orders for the day in the Camp Fire briefing this morning.


The number of deaths attributed to the Camp Fire continues to climb.  Officials on Tuesday evening revealed that more bodies were found bringing the number to 48.  The process of identifying the dead is underway.

Butte County Sheriff/Coroner Kory Honea said anyone who reports a missing person will be interviewed by a detective and possibly be asked to provide a DNA sample to help identify family members who may be among those who have died in the fire.

There are currently over 200 missing person reports being investigated.  The Butte County Sheriff's Department has established new telephone numbers to take reports of people missing due to the Camp Fire.  To report someone missing in the fire or someone who was listed as missing but since has been found, please call 530-538-6570,  530-538-7544, or 530-538-7671.

Search and recovery team moves through scorched debris left by the Camp Fire. Photo courtesy Robert Petersen.

Cal Fire puts the size of the wildfire at approximately 130,000 acres and say it is 35 percent contained with over 8800 structures destroyed. It is expected those numbers will continue to go up in the coming days and weeks.  The fire is not expected to be fully contained until the end of November. 

Approximately 52,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes.  That number includes the 27,000 residents of the City of Paradise.  However, officials on Saturday night reassured residents of Oroville that there are currently no plans to evacuate that city at this point.  In February 2017, Oroville Dam's main and emergency spillways were damaged, prompting the evacuation of more than 180,000 people living downstream along the Feather River. 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company also acknowledged that they had transmission line problems ten minutes before the Camp Fire started.  Fire officials noted that they are in daily contact with PG&E regarding power lines and other consideration.

Additional Camp Fire Details:

Interactive Evacuation Map: For an overview of evacuated areas, evacuation warnings, and repopulated areas click here.

Evacuations: View the latest Incident Update for current information on evacuations and road closures.

Evacuation Centers -- Yuba-Sutter Fairground, 442 Franklin Ave, Yuba City, CA 95991 (THIS SHELTER IS FULL); Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 E Hazel St, Gridley, CA 95948 THIS SHELTER IS FULL); Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E Yolo St, Orland, CA 95963 THIS SHELTER IS FULL); Chico Elks Club, 1705 Manzanita, Chico (THIS SHELTER IS FULL); Oroville Nazarene Church, 2238 Monte Vista Ave, Oroville, CA 95966 (THIS SHELTER IS FULL) FULL; Neighborhood Church, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd, Chico, CA 95928.

Animal Evacuation Centers -- Small animals are being sheltered at Del Oro Old County Hospital, 2279 Del Ord Drive, Orville.  There is also a small animal shelter at the Chico Municipal Airport, 150 Airpark Blvd, Chico, CA 95973 (THIS SHELTER IS FULL). 

Large animal are being sheltered at the Butte County Fair Grounds, 199 E Hazel Street, Gridley.

Road Closures -- SR-70 W/B at SR-89 closed; SR-149 N/B at SR-70 is closed; Pentz Rd W/B at SR-70 is closed; Wheelock Rd W/B at SR-70 is closed; SR-191 W/B at SR-70 is closed; SR-70 N/B at Garden Rd. is closed; SR-99 N/B at Shippee Rd. is closed; Durham Pentz Rd. E/B at SR-99 is closed; Neal Rd. at SR-99 is closed; Skyway is impassable at Lake Ridge; SR-99 S/B at Estates Dr. is closed; SR-99 S/B at Southgate Ln. is closed; SR-149 S/B at SR-99 is closed; E/B Skyway at Honey Run is closed; E/B Skyway at Bruce is closed; Humboldt Rd. at Stilson Canyon is closed; SR-32 E/B at Yosemite is closed; SR-32 W/B at SR-36 In Tehema County is closed; Cherokee Rd N/B at La Colina Dr. is closed. Direction of travel impacted by road closures will be updated as the information is obtained.

Cause of the Fire --  Under investigation.


The 27,000-person community of Paradise was ravaged by the explosive Camp Fire Thursday. Early reports indicate the entire town was basically wiped out, and residents died or were severely burned trying to escape the inferno. 

Acting Governor Gavin Newsom is declaring a state of emergency in Butte County. Newsom issued the declaration yesterday as the Camp Fire continues to burn around the town of Paradise and parts of Chico. He is filling in as acting governor while Governor Jerry Brown is out of the state. 

The fire has burned more than 130,000 acres and is 35 percent contained. 


Red Cross Safe & Well site.

The American Red Cross has a website available to those affected by natural disasters, like the Camp Fire, designed to allow users to let loved ones know they are safe.

The site, appropriately named “Safe and Well”, lets users register themselves as safe. And allows outsiders to check in on the list of those who’ve used the registry. 

Click here to visit the Red Cross Safe & Well site.


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