Camp Fire continues to spread to the north and east

The number of fatalities within the fire area increases to 42

Camp Fire
Camp Fire. Photo credit: CAL FIRE.

The Camp Fire continues to march farther to the east and north as the dry, windy weather hangs on in California. Monday the blaze grew by about half a mile along most of the north and east perimeter. It was most active east of Highway 70, south of Stirling City, and on both sides of Lake Oroville.

(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Camp Fire, including the most recent, click here.)

CAL FIRE said Tuesday morning the fire has burned 125,000 acres.

The number of civilian fatalities within the fire area has increased by 13 on Monday to bring the total to 42. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea has not said the number of deaths is likely to increase, but he has requested additional cadaver dogs, portable morgue units, and about 150 additional search and rescue personnel to assist in the search for human remains. About 200 people remain unaccounted for.

Fire officials estimate that the structures destroyed include 6,522 single residences, 85 multi-residences, and 260 commercial buildings.

CAL FIRE has released a map that shows the status of structures affected by the Camp Fire. The new map is still incomplete and is a work in progress.

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Firefighters came from long distances to assist suppress the Camp Fire, CAL FIRE photo.

The resources assigned to the fire include 622 fire engines, 97 hand crews, 21 helicopters, 107 dozers, and 71 water tenders for a total of 5,139 personnel.

map Camp Fire November 12 2018
The red line on the map was the perimeter of the Camp Fire at 10 p.m. PST November 12, 2018. The white line was the perimeter about 24 hours before.

CAL FIRE releases map showing status of structures affected by Camp Fire

The fire has burned more than 117,000 acres at Paradise, California east of Chico.

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Example of data collected about damage to structures in the Camp Fire. Scroll down to see the interactive map.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has released a map that shows the status of structures affected by the Camp Fire. The blaze has burned more than 117,000 acres at Paradise, California east of Chico.

(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Camp Fire, including the most recent, click here.)

The data is work in progress and not all areas have been surveyed for damage. The information from the field inspections is subject to change. It appears that the data is not restricted to just structures in Paradise, CA.

To see the map, click above on the “Terms” and then “OK”. After you read the Information, you may want to click on the “X” to remove the box that covers half of the screen.

If the map above fails to work, an alternative is to view it here.

The legend for the map is below:

legend map fire structures damaged

CAL FIRE reports that 6,453 residences and 260 commercial structures have been destroyed in the Camp Fire.

Congratulations to ESRI and CAL FIRE for developing and releasing this useful tool.

(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Camp Fire, including the most recent, click here.)

Fire officials release list of structures burned in Camp Fire

The Butte County Sheriffs’ Office has confirmed 29 fatalities in the burned area

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Map of the Camp Fire. The red line was the perimeter at 7 p.m. PST November 11, 2018. The white line was the perimeter about 24 hours before. Intense heat is indicated by the red shaded areas. Click to enlarge.

(UPDATED at 7:35 a.m. PST November 13, 2018)

Since the article below was published the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has released a map that shows the status of structures affected by the Camp Fire. The new map is still incomplete and is a work in progress.


(Originally published at 8:48 a.m. PST November 12, 2018)

The town of Paradise, California has released a partial list of structures that have been destroyed or at least 50 percent damaged in the Camp Fire. The surveys to assess the damage are ongoing and so far the list only covers 695 structures. The official estimate is that 6,453 homes have burned.

(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Camp Fire, including the most recent, click here.)

As of Sunday afternoon the Butte County Sheriffs’ Office had confirmed 29 fatalities in the burned area, while 228 people are still considered missing and unaccounted for. Some of the missing could be in shelters or no longer have cell phones. More than 100 were removed from the list after they were found.

The Sheriff’s Office has set up phone lines for a Missing Persons Call Center where the public can provide and receive information about missing individuals.

The numbers are:
530-538-6570
530-538-7544
530-538-7671

The Camp Fire was very active on the east side Sunday, spreading for over two miles east of Concow and spotting across the north end of Lake Oroville. The east side was less active, but still added about 1,000 acres southwest of Magalia.

CAL FIRE is reporting that the fire has burned 113,000 acres, but the agency often intentionally under-reports the size of large fires by 10 to 15 percent.

The homes of at least 53 firefighters burned in the Camp Fire, according to the International Association of Fire Fighters. The organization set up a disaster relief center for firefighters in Chico and so far have helped more than a dozen emergency responders.

Pacific Gas & Electric disclosed to the Public Utilities Commission that one of their high voltage power lines had a disruption in service on Pulga Road near the Camp Fire at 6:15 a.m. the day it started, November 8. The fire was reported at 6:29 a.m. In the following days the stock price plunged 33 percent.

PG&E stock price plunges

Fatalities in Camp Fire near Paradise, Calif. increase to 23

More than 6,000 homes destroyed

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Map of the Camp Fire. The red line was the perimeter at 9 p.m. PST November 10, 2018. The white line was the perimeter about 24 hours before. Intense heat is indicated by the red shaded areas. Click to enlarge.

(UPDATED at 1:15 p.m. PST November 11, 2018)

The Camp Fire at Paradise, California continued to be very active Saturday and Saturday night. The areas spreading the most were the north and east sides. Around Big Bend north of Lake Oroville, the fire moved 0.5 to 1.0 mile. CAL FIRE reports that the fire has covered 109,000 acres.

(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Camp Fire, including the most recent, click here.)

After gusting at 10 to 22 mph overnight, the winds on the Camp Fire slowed considerably after sunrise Sunday, and came out of variable directions at about 2 mph.

Forecasters expect the wind to increase Sunday night out of the northeast at 17 mph, gusting to 24. The humidity will be in the lower teens late Sunday afternoon, increasing to 21 percent during the night. The fire activity could increase Sunday night.  The wind speeds should decline to about 5 mph Monday afternoon.

The number of people that died in the Camp Fire in northern California has risen by 14, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Saturday night. With the nine found earlier, this brings the total to 23. The victims have been found near residences and in the burned ruins of vehicles and homes in Paradise and Concow. It is possible that these numbers will increase in the coming days.

The fire is still producing a prodigious amount of smoke which is moving off to the south and southwest.

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Satellite photo of smoke produced by the Camp Fire at 12:12 p.m. PST, November 11, 2018.

Below is a Sunday morning update from CAL FIRE:

“Last night the fire conditions were moderate to extreme due to the wind event. Crews continued to protect structures and fight fire aggressively. Fire lines are strategically being put in ahead of the fire to improve roads and provide barriers to the fire. Today [Sunday] the fire and firefighters will continue to be impacted by the strong winds. With the northeast wind pushing smoke to the southwest air operations will take advantage of the clearer air on the eastern side of the fire as long as weather and smoke conditions permit. Firefighters and cooperating agencies are continuing to mitigate many hazards within Paradise, CA.

“At 0700 hrs [Sunday] morning the Camp Fire Incident entered unified command with USFS.”


(UPDATED at 9 p.m. PST November 10, 2018)

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Camp Fire as seen from NASA’s Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8 at 10:45 a.m. PST November 8, 2018. The photo was taken about 4 hours and 15 minutes after the fire started. Click to enlarge.

The number of people that died in the Camp Fire in northern California has risen by 14, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Saturday night. With the nine found earlier, this brings the total to 23. The victims have been found near residences and in the burned ruins of vehicles and homes.

None of them have been positively identified due to the condition of the remains. The California Department of Justice will help set up a process whereby relatives can give DNA samples to assist with identifications.

At least 110 are still missing.

CAL FIRE reports that the Camp Fire has burned 105,000 acres.


(Originally published at 8:22 a.m. PST November 10, 2018)

The news from the Camp Fire that burned through Paradise, California keeps getting worse. Authorities reported that four additional fatalities are confirmed, bringing the total to nine. Some of the nine were found in burned vehicles, others were on the ground near structures, and one was discovered in a residence.

(To see all articles about the Camp Fire on Wildfire Today, including the most recent, click here.)

Officials reported that 6,453 homes and 260 other structures have been destroyed, making the Camp Fire the most destructive in California history.

The number of fatalities and burned structures could increase in the coming days as firefighters are able to access more areas.

Map of the Camp Fire
Map of the Camp Fire. The red line was current at 7:02 p.m. PST November 9, 2018. The white line was the perimeter 25 hours before. The red shaded areas represent intense heat. Click to enlarge.

The mayor of the town of Paradise estimates that 80 to 90 percent of the structures were wiped out.

On Friday the north half of the fire was actively spreading, including the northernmost edge, areas west of Magalia, near the northwestern arm of Lake Oroville, and the fire edge east and south of Concow Reservoir.

CAL FIRE is saying the Camp Fire has burned 100,000 acres.

Pacific Gas & Electric disclosed to the Public Utilities Commission that one of their high voltage power lines had a disruption in service on Pulga Road near the Camp Fire at 6:15 a.m. the day it started. The fire was reported at 6:29 a.m.

Resources assigned to the fire include 440 engines, 18 water tenders, 23 helicopters, 67 hand crews, and 67 dozers for a total of 3,223 personnel.

Description of the video below: “Leaving Paradise, California towards Chico down Pentz Rd the morning of Friday, November 9th. This is the area around Lime Estates.”

Camp Fire burns hundreds of homes in Northern California

Severe damage in Paradise, California

(UPDATED at 11:20 a.m. PST November 9, 2018)

The CBS station in Sacramento had this information Friday morning:

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says at least five people have been found dead after the Camp Fire tore through the town of Paradise on Thursday. Investigators found the five people in the area of Edgewood Lane in Paradise inside of cars. It’s believed the victims were overcome by the Camp Fire when they were in their cars. No identification of the victims was able to be made due to the burn injuries, deputies say.

Investigators have been working to confirm reports of fatalities due to the destructive fire. Anyone with missing loved ones are encouraged to check http://safeandwell.org.


(Originally published at 7:45 a.m. PST Nov. 9, 2018)

In the first 12 hours the Camp Fire burned 54,000 acres as it roared through Paradise, California destroying large sections of the city.

(To see all articles about the Camp Fire on Wildfire Today, including the most recent, click here.)

The wildfire started at 6:33 a.m. November 8. A mapping flight at 6 p.m. determined it had spread 15 miles to the southwest pushed by winds that at times in the higher elevations gusted to 65 mph out of the northeast. At 6 p.m. it had come to within two miles of Highway 99, but at 1:48 a.m. Friday a heat-sensing satellite found that it had neared the highway in at least two places and was approaching the outskirts of Chico.

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The red line was the perimeter of the Camp Fire at 6 p.m. November 8. The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at 1:48 a.m. Nov. 9. Click to enlarge.

Fire officials are saying that hundreds of homes have burned but it could be days before accurate numbers are available.

Overnight the fire spread closer to Highway 70 on the east side, and on the west side it approached Highway 32 and moved through Magalia where heavy structure losses can be expected.

After sunrise Friday the fire was very active, as seen in the photo below.

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The Camp Fire, early Friday morning November 9, 2018. SJSU FireWeatherLab.

The Feather River Hospital was evacuated, but there are conflicting reports on the status of the facility. Some say it burned, others say one or more structures at the site burned but the main building is intact.

The mapping flight at 6 p.m. Thursday determined that the fire had burned over 54,000 acres, but the satellite data from 8 hours later showed that it had increased substantially since then, possibly as much as an additional 15,000 acres. CBS in Sacramento reported at 7:02 a.m. that a spokesperson for CAL FIRE said the fire had grown to about 70,000 acres.

Heavy concentrations of smoke are affecting areas southeast of the fire. To see a map for the prediction of the distribution of smoke and a satellite photo showing the smoke, click here.

On the southeast side of the fire the Jarbo Gap weather station recorded overnight wind speeds of 28 mph gusting to 44 with 18 percent relative humidity. Those conditions should continue through the morning in the higher elevations on the fire but the winds will decrease substantially in the afternoon.

Update at 10:49 a.m. PST November 9, 2018. We found the following map on InciWeb, but there does not appear to be any further information on the site about the Camp Fire.

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Camp Fire map. Inciweb.