The Camp Fire now sits atop the record books for all the wrong reasons. The fire, which swept through the communities of Paradise, Magalia and Concow on November 8, now ranks as the deadliest and most destructive fire in California’s history.
Officials recovered 13 more bodies in Paradise and Magalia today, bringing the death toll to 42. As over 200 people still remain missing, officials fear that number could continue to rise. 6,453 homes and 260 commercial buildings have been destroyed in the flames, making it the most destructive fire in California’s history.
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The fire sits at 113,000 acres burned with 25 percent containment. Winds continue to fuel the fire as a high-wind advisory is still in place throughout much of California. Other than the already devastated areas of the fire, officials are hoping to keep it from growing to populated areas like Oroville.
With the number of fatalities at 42 on Monday night, it beat out the Los Angeles County’s Griffith Park Fire of 1933, which killed 29 people and burned 47 acres. The fire ranks just ahead of the destruction of last year’s Tubbs Fire, which burned 5,643 structures in Sonoma and Napa counties.