Humboldt County sends strike team as Camp Fire explodes in size, injures firefighters

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BUTTE COUNTY, Ca. (KIEM) – The Camp Fire ignited on Thursday morning, and by nightfall, has decimated at least 70,000 acres, according to Cal Fire officials. Five people are also confirmed dead.

As of their last evening update, Cal Fire estimates as many as 15,000 structures are threatened. Already, families have been evacuated in Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley. Forest Ranch is also under an evacuation warning. These evacuation orders are changing rapidly, and for the latest directly from firefighters, you should click here

The fire started at about 6:30AM, in the area of Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road, near Jarbo Gap.

Three firefighters have been reportedly injured, but the extent of their injuries are unknown. There have been no fatalities, but officials are investigating reports of fatalities.

As of Thursday night, 2,289 fire personnel are assigned to the Camp Fire. Already, Humboldt County has assembled a strike team with members from five separate departments, which is en route to help. They include members from the Arcata Fire District and Humboldt Bay Fire, as well as from volunteer fire department’s in

With windy and dry conditions in the forecast, the Camp Fire fire is expected to be extremely challenging for firefighters in the days to come.

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