Friday: Latest On The Camp Fire - Search, Safety Efforts Continue During Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 23, 2018

Ash and debris in Paradise, Calif. after the Camp Fire.
Credit Marc Albert

This post is no longer being updated. You can find the latest information about the Camp Fire by clicking here.

NSPR will continue to bring you on-air top of the hour updates about the Camp Fire during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Update at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23

With heavy rain expected to taper off tomorrow, there is still a threat for flash flooding, debris flows and mudslides remains into tomorrow especially over recent burn scars, according to the National Weather Service.

The #CampFire, which began November the 8th, has burned more than 153,000 acres and is 95 percent contained. Cal Fire is reporting 84 civilian fatalities, and, the Butte County Sheriff’s website reports that about 600 people are still unaccounted for. More than 18,000 homes, apartments, businesses and structures have been destroyed in the fire

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea released a Thanksgiving video message on Twitter Thursday. He said despite the holiday his team hasn’t stopped working.

“We haven’t taken the day off,” he said “We have 820 people in the field who are continuing our search efforts, and we have over a hundred law enforcement officers who are protecting those areas that have been evacuated.”

Honea said his department is working to address concerns about looting and of evacuees having difficulties working with insurance adjusters because they can’t yet get to their homes.

The County of Butte and Town of Paradise have launched a website to provide information and resources. That website is Butte County Recovers Dot Org

The Evacuation Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the former Sears store in the Chico Mall at 1982 East 20th Street.

Updated Fri, Nov. 23 at 9:54 a.m. 

According to the latest update form Cal Fire, the fire is more than 153,000 acres in size and is now 95 percent contained.

Yesterday, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office did not release its usually evening update on the missing persons list and the death toll, but Cal Fire is reporting 84 civilian fatalities, up from 83 fatalities the day prior.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea released a Thanksgiving video message on Twitter Thursday. He said despite the holiday his team hasn’t stopped working.

“We haven’t taken the day off. We have 820 people in the field who are continuing our search efforts and we have over a hundred law enforcement officers who are protecting those areas that have been evacuated,” he said.

In addition, Honea said he had personnel out in the field responding to calls and keeping the community safe.

“This has been a tough situation for all of us and I just want you to know that we at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office as well as our other public safety partners are committed to helping our community move forward,” Honea said.

Honea said his department is working to address concerns about looting and of evacuees having difficulties working with insurance adjusters because they can’t yet get to their homes. 

An interactive map with an aerial view of some of the burned out areas of the Camp Fire was released Thursday by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

The county has also created an online website of information and resources for Camp Fire evacuees.