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Ghastly Records: Over 200 Missing, 31 Dead from California Campfire

Campfire inferno, November 8th, 2018. http://www.firehouse.com

More than 200 people were declared missing early today, Monday, 12th of November in California’s most destructive wildfire since the Griffiths Park wildfire of 1933.

The fire which started since Thursday, 8th of November, 2018 in Butte County, has destroyed over 6000 homes and business, claimed 31 lives and injured 3 firefighters so far. Most of the destruction occurred in the first two days of the fire, destroying 80% of the buildings and forcing an evacuation of the affected towns of Magalia and Paradise.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the National Interagency Fire Center, the 2018 California wildfire season has been one of the most destructive in the history of California, recording a total of 7,579 fires in an area of 1,667,855 acres (6,749.57 km2), the largest amount of burned land area recorded in a California fire season.

Meanwhile, US president Donald Trump, in his tweets, has criticised the Californian government, blaming poor forest management for the infernos.

The Campfire, which was 25% contained yesterday, threatens the neighboring communities of Butte Creek Canyon, Butte Valley, Chico, Concow, Forest Ranch, Helltown, Inskip, Oroville, Stirling City, and Yankee Hill.

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