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camp fire update
December 3, 2018

On Sunday, the Butte County Sheriff's Office in Northern California reported that 24 people are still missing after the deadly Camp Fire, as people who fled the fire have continued checking in and 15 Red Cross volunteers have tracked others down. Initially, friends and relatives reported more than 3,100 people missing after the blaze tore through the town of Paradise and other parts of the county.

The official death toll from the fire stands a 88 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in California history; 42 of the victims have been tentatively identified while 41 have been positively identified. The Camp Fire, which started Nov. 8 and was fully contained Nov. 25, also destroyed more than 18,000 structures and burned 153,336 acres. Peter Weber

November 23, 2018

After more than two weeks of destruction, northern California's Camp Fire is almost out.

The state's deadliest wildfire was 95 percent contained as of Friday morning, per the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The official death count now sits at 84, but 560 still remain missing as new natural disasters threaten recovery efforts, per USA Today.

As the massive Camp Fire swept the area north of Sacramento, it destroyed the entire town of Paradise and sent toxic air as far south as San Francisco. About 14,000 homes and nearly 5,000 other buildings were destroyed, per Friday's count. Rain finally arrived on Tuesday, helping firefighters douse the flames and restoring the Bay Area's air quality to "good" from its "very unhealthy" designation a few days ago, per the San Francisco Chronicle. Most firefighters have turned to searching for bodies and potential survivors.

But heavy rain isn't always a good thing. The California hills are now prone to mudslides now that trees have burned down and debris has piled up, and the National Weather Service has put the area under a flash flood watch. Strengthening winds in the area also "could topple trees already weakened by fire and rain-soaked soil," the Chronicle writes. Some firefighting efforts stalled Thursday amid these threats. Still, firefighters now hope to completely put out the Camp Fire by Nov. 30.

Read more at the San Francisco Chronicle. Kathryn Krawczyk

November 17, 2018

The Camp Fire has left 71 dead and more than 1,000 missing throughout northern California. It's also spread some of the dirtiest air in the world to San Francisco and beyond.

After burning for more than a week, 50 percent of the blaze had been contained as of Friday night, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. Reports of missing people swelled from more than 600 on Friday to 1011, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea tells CBS News. Honea also warned the list was "dynamic" and could grow or shrink as those who don't realize they've been reported missing come forward.

Meanwhile, air quality in northern California has reached levels as poor as cities in China and India. It’s nearly impossible to navigate the "apocalyptic fog" surrounding the fire, The New York Times writes, and hospital workers say reports of respiratory complications have surged. Nearly 200 miles south in San Francisco, the city’s iconic trolleys have been pulled from the streets amid smoky air. Residents have taken to wearing respiratory masks, schools have closed, and the so-called "Big Game" between the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University has been postponed. Kathryn Krawczyk

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