Camp Fire Fatalities Remains At 85

Dec 6, 2018

Last month's Camp Fire damage in Paradise, Calif.
Credit Marc Albert

The number of Camp Fire fatalities remained unchanged Wednesday, remaining at 85. 


The number of people listed as missing declined to 10, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea. 


Authorities identified the remains of three other victims. 


Representatives of Pacific Gas and Electric Company said electricity service will be restored to all homes in Paradise “that can receive it” by the end of December.  


Gas service will take longer. Company officials said they’ll have the final homes “that can receive it” back on line by March 31st   


PG&E said it has cancelled billing on the ridge. 


Meanwhile, Paradise Irrigation District officials said they will continue billing customers, unless they request to have their water meter removed. District officials said resuming service will be more straight-forward if meters remain. PID customers are being urged to drink bottled water or to at least boil water before using. 


Officials with the Governor’s office of Emergency Services said debris removal work is scheduled to commence Jan 14th. The first lots aren’t expected to be cleared until the end of January. Eric Lamoureux, a CalOES spokesman said work will continue and debris should be removed from the final lots sometime between September of 2019 and Jan 2020.  


Complicating the removal: officials can’t take the debris to the county dump, and will have to ship thousands of cubic yards elsewhere, including possibly out of state.