As California burns from both ends, the Camp Fire currently ravaging the northern part of the state has become the most destructive in its history. The fire had stretched 100,000 acres as of Saturday morning, according to officials. At least 6,453 homes and 260 commercial structures have been destroyed in the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation. With only 20 percent of the fire contained, officials say that 15,000 structures could be at risk. Paradise, a community of 27,000 people north of Sacramento, was almost completely wiped out by the fire after it engulfed the area on Thursday. The Camp Fire has officially damaged more property than last year’s record-breaking Tubbs Fire, which according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection burned 36,807 acres, destroyed 5,636 structures, and was responsible for 22 deaths. Three firefighters have been confirmed injured in the Camp Fire, with at least nine fatalities reported so far. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that none of the victims have yet been identified. Several individuals were found inside their vehicles, while one victim was found outside their car. Three people were found inside residences, and one victim was found outside of a home. In the southern part of the state, the Hill and Woolsey Fires are still raging as evacuations in Ventura and Los Angeles counties continue. Cal Fire estimated that the yet-uncontained Woolsey fire has burned tens of thousands of acres, while the Hill Fire has burned more than 4,000 acres. More… [Read full story]
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