5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PARADISE
Devastated by the Camp Fire, which had burned more than 70,000 acres as of Friday with 5 percent containment reported by Cal Fire, the town of Paradise in Northern California has by many accounts been mostly destroyed.
An estimated 2,000 structures have been leveled, Cal Fire said Friday morning, many of them homes. With six fatalities confirmed Friday by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the Camp Fire is already one of the 20 deadliest fires on record in California history.
All six victims perished on a single street in Paradise, trapped in vehicles as they tried to escape the blaze, officials said.
Before this week’s tragic events, the Butte County community of Paradise, six miles east of Chico city limits, was a fairly quiet place. It had just under 27,000 residents as of the 2010 census. Here are five things to know about Paradise:
IT SUFFERED ANOTHER ‘CAMP FIRE’ IN 2008
An inmate volunteer in the Conservation Fire Camps Program clears the road of debris on Skyway in Chico on Friday.