CAMP FIRE NOW THE STATE’S MOST DE­STRUC­TIVE FIRE

The Sacramento Bee - - Cover Story - — MICHAEL FINCH II

In the span of 24 hours, the Camp Fire climbed to the top of the list of the state’s most de­struc­tive blazes. With nine killed it’s also one of the state’s dead­li­est.

The fire in Butte County cov­ered about 18,000 acres but con­sumed some

70,000 acres by Fri­day morn­ing, killing at least five peo­ple. Au­thor­i­ties es­ti­mate it has al­ready burned through more than

2,000 struc­tures which would make it the fourth most de­struc­tive fire in re­cent his­tory, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion.

The fe­roc­ity of the blaze is a re­minder of the seem­ingly more fre­quent blazes some in Cal­i­for­nia have been warn­ing about.

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