The deadliest and worst forest fire in America history came to an end Sunday after more than two weeks; leaving many in ruin.
Concern for California residents has not rescinded as dangerous levels of smoke still remain in the area. On November 8th, the fire started in the Northern California town ironically named “Camp Fire,” and soon claimed 85 Americans lives while injuring three brave firefighters while devouring thousands and thousands of homes in the area in reports from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.
The fire in Camp Fire destroyed 13,972 residences and 528 commercial buildings over 153,336 acres according to Cal Fire. As many as 249 people are missing or unaccounted for which could increase the numbers of deaths from this tragedy.
With fires all over California still raging, 400 square miles have burnt to a crisp in both north and south California. Due to the hard work of Cal Fire, 54 people have been found and identified; giving hopes to the families of the 249 people currently unaccounted for.
Luckily, Camp Fire is a close-knit community that believes in rebuilding!
The Sherrif of Butte County said “This has been a tough situation for all of us, we’re in this together. We are Butte County strong.”
A strong sense of community pride is crucial in rebuilding from these disasters and the people and local government of the area are still filled with hope, even with all the devastation experienced. After Governor Jerry Brown visited Camp Fire, he had to say “”This is one of the worst disasters I’ve ever seen in my career, hands down,”