Amazing and weary firefighters work right through the Thanksgiving weekend to finally contain the destructive Camp Fire. Thank you firefighters!
The most destructive and deadly wildland inferno in California history has been fully wrangled into submission by firefighters, who have been battling the ferocious blaze for 18 days, authorities announced on Sunday and as reported by ABC News.
The catastrophic Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County that ignited on Nov. 8 and indiscriminately devoured thousands and thousands of homes and structures and claimed at least 85 lives was fully contained by firefighters Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire.
The welcome news came just days after firefighters in Southern California reported that the Woolsey Fire – which started the same day as the Camp Fire and killed three people and destroyed 1,500 structures as it swept through Los Angeles and Ventura Counties – was 100 percent contained.
The Camp Fire has destroyed 13,972 residences and 528 commercial buildings as it burned 153,336 acres, according to the latest Cal Fire incident report. At least 296 people remain unaccounted for, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.
At least three firefighters were injured battling the Camp Fire.
The Woolsey Fire also injured three firefighters and burned 96,949 acres as it swept through such celebrity enclaves as Malibu and Calabasas, according to Cal Fire.
A multi-agency task force, at the request of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, has captured detailed aerial imagery maps of damaged properties in most of the burn areas in the town of Paradise, as well as video surveys and 360-degree drone panoramas of all major roads in the area, according to the sheriff’s office.
Officials hope the maps will provide valuable information to the search and recovery teams on the ground and to the residents of the community impacted by the Camp Fire.
Much-needed rain doused the scorched areas on Friday and Saturday, though the heavy rain did bring new dangers to the burn scar areas in the form of flash floods and mudslides.
The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood watch for the burn areas in Northern California.