November 17, 2018
I would assume that most of the missing are dead.
Some, I assume, are good people.
But not very many of them.
As the death toll from the Camp fire rose to 71 on Friday and the number of missing jumped to more than 1,000, an army of searchers scoured the rubble in the ongoing effort to locate more victims.
Eight more bodies were found Friday, and the number of people unaccounted for jumped from 631 to 1,011 as authorities continued to comb through 911 calls, emails and other reports of missing people.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said, however, that the list of the missing is dynamic and may include people who were counted twice, whose names were misspelled or who may not know they were reported missing.
The Camp fire, already the state’s worst fire on record, has burned 146,000 acres and destroyed 12,263 structures. Officials said it could take weeks to complete the search for victims and identify them. Thousands of residents are without homes and living in shelters and tent cities.
The relentless rise in the number of dead and missing comes as President Trump plans to visit both Northern and Southern California on Saturday to tour the burn areas.
Although the president and Gov. Jerry Brown have clashed on numerous policies — and Trump was roundly criticized last week for erroneously blaming the fires on poor forest management and threatening to cut off funding to California — the two have pledged to work together after the devastating wildfires.
“Now is the time to pull together for the people of California,” Brown said on Twitter.
As the fire’s massive toll continued to come into focus Friday, many Paradise residents struggled to complete day-to-day tasks. The question of how to rebuild their lives in Paradise — if they decided to do so at all — was never far from their thoughts.
A line of evacuees snaked around a vacant Sears department store that had been transformed into a disaster recovery center. Hundreds of people filtered in and out throughout the day.
It’s not paradise anymore, is it?
It’s funny it’s called the “camp fire.”
Camp fires were very fun as a kid. And now I’m having fun hoping that everyone in California burns alive.
They named it that because it started on Camp Creek Road. I would have named it the Creek fire. Because now everyone is like “1,000 people burned alive in a camp fire? how stupid are these perverts in California?”