BUTTE COUNTY, Ca. (KIEM) – As of Friday night, at least nine people are dead due to the Camp Fire, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire exploded in size once more, and is now 90,000 acres, since it’s start on Thursday morning in Butte County.
The fire has destroyed an estimated 6,453 residences, and 260 commercial buildings, as of Friday night. Some first responders have described the town of Paradise as “completely decimated”.
Thousands of people are displaced in response, as approximately 15,000 structures still lie in the path the Camp Fire is headed, with windy and dry conditions projected to fuel the flame forward into the near future.
Many families fleeing the fire have encountered terrifying scenes on the sides of the roadways, with flames approaching the sides of their cars.
3,223 fire personnel have been assigned to the Camp Fire as of Friday night, and the fire line is approximately 5% contained.
As for ways those on the outside looking in can help, financial support for evacuees and those caring for them is needed. The Red Cross is helping on the ground, and so is the North Valley Community Foundation.
Airbnb is also looking for hosts to open their homes to displaced families and firefighters. They are working out those logistics through their website, here.
A Humboldt County Supervisor is also planning to make a trip to the area with donations on Sunday, and they are in correspondence with a Butte County supervisor to find out what is needed, and where. Supervisor Rex Bohn says gift cards are helpful. We will provide more details on ways you can help, as more opportunities become available.