Wildfires are unfortunately a very familiar site in California and they are a serious problem that the state has to deal with every single year. Over the last few days, California firefighters have been fighting two massive fires and the sadly the death toll has risen to 25.
From Associated Press:
With hearses standing by, crews stepped up the search for bodies in the smoking ruins of Paradise — and relatives desperately looked for more than 100 missing loved ones — as wildfires raged Sunday on both ends of the state.
The statewide death toll stood at 25 and appeared certain to rise.
At least five search teams were working in Paradise — a town of 27,000 that was largely incinerated on Thursday — and in surrounding Northern California communities. Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history.
From NBC News:
More than 50,000 people were evacuated or staying in shelters because of the Camp Fire, which broke out Thursday around 6:33 a.m., and a preliminary estimate is that more than 6,400 homes have been destroyed, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.
The Camp Fire has burned around 109,000 acres and was 25 percent contained Sunday, officials said. More Santa Ana winds fueling the fires are expected on Sunday.
Honea said that of the 14 new deaths, four were in the Concow area, east of Paradise, and 10 were in the Paradise area. He said 110 people remain unaccounted for but cautioned that some may be duplicative. On Friday, officials said five bodies were found in or near cars that were overcome by flames, and four others were found at residences in Paradise.
Some 250,000 people in California were under evacuation orders from three fires on Saturday, including the Camp Fire, officials said.
Trump has tweeted about the fire several times.
Some of the images coming in are just mind boggling.