Camp Fire (2018)

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The Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.[1][2][3] It was named after Camp Creek Road, where the fire began.[4] The fire started on November 8, 2018, in Butte County, in Northern California.

The fire expanded due to strong winds. By the morning of November 15, it had caused the deaths of 77 people, injured three firefighters, covered an area of about 140,000 acres (57,000 ha), and had destroyed over 8,700 residences in addition to commercial buildings and other structures. Most of the damage occurred within the first two days of the fire.[5][6]

Within the first day, the Camp Fire had destroyed the community of Concow and the town of Paradise.[7] It burned homes, businesses, churches, a hospital, schools, and a rest home.[8][9] It destroyed a bridge that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[10]

Only 1,500 of the 27,000 inhabitants were still living in Paradise in 2019.[11]

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  1. Baldassari, Erin (November 11, 2018). "Camp Fire death toll grows to 29, matching 1933 blaze as state's deadliest". East Bay Times. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. "The Latest: Death toll from N. California fire rises to 23". Newser. Associated Press. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  3. Alexander, Kurtis; Ravani, Sarah; Allday, Erin (November 10, 2018). "Camp Fire is most destructive wildfire in California history: 9 dead, 6,713 structures incinerated". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  4. "Why is it called the Camp Fire? How California's most destructive wildfire got its name". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  5. McVicker, David; Russell, Holly; Schmieding, Stephanie (November 9, 2018). "Camp Fire: Latest Numbers". KEZI 9 News. ABC. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  6. Afzal, Rizwan (November 9, 2018). "PARADISE, Calif. - Bodies found in burnt cars as Calif. fire incinerates town". STL.News. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  7. Wright, Pam (November 11, 2018). "At Least 23 Dead in Wildfire That Destroyed Northern California Town and Is Now the Most Destructive Fire in California History". The Weather Channel. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  8. "Camp Fire devastates Paradise near Chico — businesses, church, numerous homes burn". San Francisco Chronicle. November 8, 2018.
  9. Graff, Amy (November 9, 2018). "Paradise lost: Before-and-after photos show a town devoured by a raging wildfire". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  10. "Camp Fire destroys 132-year-old covered bridge that was monument to Gold Rush era". San Francisco Chronicle. November 11, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  11. https://globalnews.ca/news/5218426/calgary-based-black-diamond-group-wildfire-paradise-california/