The death toll from the “Camp Fire” in Northern California has increased to 76 on Saturday while the number of people unaccounted for increased to 1,276. The blaze is now 55 percent contained after consuming more than 149,000 acres.
In Southern California, just outside of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire is 82 percent contained after burning 98,362 acres.
President Trump visited homes destroyed by the Camp Fire in northern California, and then toured the devastation of the Woolsey fire in Malibu.
Dense smoke from the fires has been smothering parts of the state with what has been described as “the dirtiest air in the world.”
Firefighters have been racing against time. Firefighters issued a red flag warning, which is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior, Saturday night into Sunday. Winds up to 50 mph and low humidity are possible.
Rain is forecasted for mid-week, which could help firefighters but also complicate the challenging search for remains.
“It’s a disheartening situation,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. “As much as I wish we could get through this before the rains come, I don’t know if that’s possible.”
California wildfires fast facts
- Location: Butte County
- 149,000 acres burned
- 55 percent contained
- 76 fatalities confirmed
- 1,276 unaccounted for
- 12,794 structures destroyed (including homes)
- Location: Los Angeles County, Ventura County
- 98,362 acres burned
- 82 percent contained
- 3 fatalities confirmed
- 713 structures destroyed, 57,000 in danger
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