The deadliest fire in California’s history continues to add to its grim numbers as officials discovered the remains of 8 more victims on Thursday, bringing the total number of Camp Fire deaths to 63. Additionally, 631 people remain unaccounted for and officials fear many of them may have perished in the fast-moving flames.
Firefighters continue to make gains on containment efforts, with 40 percent containment reached on the 140,000 acre fire. But the fire has already done its damage, with 11,862 structures destroyed and the entire town of Paradise going homeless.
Meanwhile, residents of Northern California continue to choke on the massive plume of smoke caused by the fire. From the Bay Area to the Oregon border, hazardous air conditions are causing events to be cancelled, schools to close and thousands flocking to find face masks to protect themselves from the air.
The faces of evacuees… pic.twitter.com/ZFelrXyCCi
— Carin Dorghalli (@CarinDorghalli) November 16, 2018
As thousands of displaced families continue to live in evacuation centers and makeshift refugee camps in Wal Mart parking lots, the evacuation zone has taken the sad life of a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Recovery efforts continue to look for victims while looters have taken to the area, with 53 reports of looting in Paradise.
Meanwhile, a police chase ended in the evacuation zone with a wanted felon being shot and killed by police following a long pursuit.
President Donald Trump will come to NorCal on Saturday to meet with victims of the fire.