In what is becoming an all-too-familiar tragedy in California, the death toll in the Camp Fire has risen to 42. The fire quickly sped through 125,000 acres taking everyone and everything in its way. The Camp Fire is now the deadliest in the history of the state.
As of 7 p.m. local time on Nov. 12, Butte County officials said the fire had been 30 percent contained. According to their estimates, it was unlikely that the fire would be contained entirely until the end of November at the earliest. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the fire has consumed about 7,177 structures. As many as 90 percent of homes in the small town of Paradise, CA may have been destroyed.
The cause of the blaze had still not been determined; however, Pacific Gas & Electric announced that it had noticed an outage linked to a transmission line close to where the fire began. According to the company, the outage occurred shortly before area residents reported flames in the area.
Butte County officials also said that the death toll is the highest in California history, surpassing a 1933 brush fire in Los Angeles that claimed the lives of 29 people. Approximately 150 search and rescue workers were scouring the area for victims. In total, there have been over 5,000 first responders working this fire.
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