Death Toll Climbing, California Keeps Burning - Page 2

Hundreds are still unaccounted for in Camp Fire, now state's deadliest wildfire by far
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2018 5:05 AM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2018 7:03 AM CST

  • Widespread destruction. The fire is also the most destructive on record in California, with 7,177 structures destroyed and more than 15,000 others threatened, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Authorities said Monday evening that it was 30% contained after burning 117,000 acres.
  • Firefighters lose homes. Officials say at least 38 firefighters and 17 police officers lost their homes as they fought to protect Paradise, the Guardian reports. Tim Aboudara, spokesman for the International Association of Fire Fighters, says firefighters are devastated they were unable to stop the fire engulfing the town. "Our job is to put the fire out and we couldn’t stop that," he says. "There was nothing we could do."
  • Utilities under pressure. The AP reports that shares in Pacific Gas & Electric Co. have lost around a third of their value since the Camp Fire broke out. A woman says the utility requested access to her property before the fire started because its power lines were causing sparks. Southern California Edison, meanwhile, has seen its share price fall 20% amid reports that its equipment have contributed to the Woolsey Fire at the other end of the state.

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