The Camp Fire has been burning for 11 days now, and with just under a thousand people still missing, it’s a nightmare that refuses to end. As of this morning’s Calfire report, 77 people are dead, 15,850 structures are destroyed, and the incident is at 66% containment. Pacific Gas and Electric co. reported a malfunction of a power line at 6:15am, and 14 minutes later there were reports of fire. Within an hour there were already structures on fire, and the most destructive fire in California’s history was unfolding.
462 miles to the south, the very same day, the Woolsey fire began at 2:30pm near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. After killing 4 people and destroying 1,841 structures, the fire is finally at 94% containment, as of today at 7am. There’s a bit of a problem with the fact that the fire began near a previous nuclear research facility that’s already undergone large-scale cleaning. Officials are overwhelmingly convinced that the fire will have no impact on the health of residents of the area, but nonetheless, it’s cause for concern.
Below are pertinent links, so you can stay up to date on everything happening in the fires. As always, follow all evacuation orders and stay vigilant. This caliber of burning is certainly not normal, but it’s looking like it’s quickly becoming the new normal.