Friday, November 16, 2018
Camp Fire Update: More Than 600 People Missing, 63 Dead in California’s Deadliest Wildfire
More than 600 people are missing and 63 have died in California’s still-raging Camp Fire, authorities said Thursday night. That’s more than double the number of people said to be missing just 24 hours earlier.
The wildfire, which started Nov. 8 in Northern California’s Butte County, is the deadliest in the state’s history. 140,000 acres have been burned, and 11,862 structures have been destroyed, with another 15,500 structures still threatened.
Speaking to the reporters Thursday night, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea cautioned that information is being gathered rapidly, and that the latest figures of missing and dead are likely to change.
The fire is currently 40 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Butte County Fire Department.
Compounding the disaster, Butte County health officials confirmed earlier Thursday that at least 140 Camp Fire evacuees at four different shelters have exhibited symptoms of norovirus. The disease is common in winter months and can cause diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pains, and in rare cases can be fatal. Norovirus is generally spread by person-to-person contact but can also be transmitted through contaminated food or surfaces, or through the air.
Officials said Thursday that the total number of people forced into shelters by the fire is not known, but that earlier this week reached 52,000.
The Camp Fire comes at the same time southern California is being pummeled by several fires including the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, which has consumed 98,362 acres of land.