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Cal Fire update; death toll climbs, containments improving

By: Gold Country Media/Cal Fire
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The wildfire burning in Butte County has now claimed 48 lives, making it the deadliest wildfire in California history. The death toll has now exceed the  1933 Griffith Park Fire, which claimed 29 lives. As of Tuesday, here is the latest update from Cal Fire on the current California wildfires.

More than 8,700 firefighters covering 1,246 fire engines, 130 dozers, 152 hand crews, 122 water tenders, 43 helicopters and numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the state are battling three large wildfires in California. Out of state resources continue to arrive and assist in these wind-driven fires that have burned more than 225,845 acres and destroyed thousands of structures.

In Northern California, dry weather continues with cool nights and near to above-normal days through the week. Critical fire weather conditions expected to end this morning as winds diminish. Widespread smoke from the Camp Fire will continue to impact the area. In Southern California, strong Santa Ana winds will continue through today, with a gradual decrease on Wednesday. Winds will remain strong enough in areas to warrant an extension in time of the Red Flag Warning through 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The combination of strong winds, low humidity, and very dry fuels could lead to explosive fire growth from any fire starts. Very low humidity will continue Thursday-Friday, but with much weaker winds.

With these current extreme fire conditions throughout the state, don’t wait to evacuate! You should already be PREPARED and GO! early. If you see fire approaching, don’t wait to be told to leave. To learn more on preparing to evacuate, click here. En Español, clic aqui

Fires of Interest:

Camp Fire, Butte County (more info…

Paradise

• 125,000 acres, 35% contained

• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect

• Estimated 6,867 structures destroyed. Most destructive and deadliest fire in California recorded history

• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 (Derum) assigned

 

Hill Fire, Ventura County (more info…

Santa Rosa Valley

• 4,531 acres, 90% contained

• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Parkes) assigned. IMT#5 managing both Hill and Woolsey fires

 

Woolsey Fire, Ventura County (more info…

South of Simi Valley

 96,314 acres, 35% contained

• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect

• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Parkes) assigned. IMT#5 managing both Hill and Woolsey fires