Sadly, an additional 13 bodies have been recovered in California, which now means that the US states deadliest wildfire has now claimed a total of 42 lives, with these remains found mostly within the ruins of the town paradise, which is in northern California. This isn’t all though, as there are at least 228 people that are accounted as missing, with the fire having destroyed nearly 7200 structures with another 15500 being at risk of being destroyed by the Wildfires.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday evening, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed the number of dead, and the official number of missing, with the death count of 42 making it the states deadliest wildfire, with is surpassing the Griffith Park disaster, the previously deadliest wildfire that claimed 31 lives in 1933.
More than 300,000 Californian locals have been forced to flee their homes across California, with other wildfires such as the Woolsey fire to worry about also, which has damaged and ruined multiple beach resorts including Malibu, and taking the lives of at least 2 people so far.
For all the people affected, federal aid has been made available, with President Donald Trump declaring the wildfires a “major disaster”…
How Did People Die?
The town of Paradise as well as the areas surrounding the camp itself bore the brunt of the Camp Fire – the largest blaze – which started in nearby the forest on Thursday, with bodies being found within guttered cars that were overrun by the forest fire, as residents attempted to flee the fires overnight.
“I had to drive through the fire – it was awful. It was probably the most awful experience I will have in my life… It was traumatising, we will be traumatised for a long time. My whole community was traumatised – I can’t watch the videos anymore because I actually went through it.” – Sorrell Bobrink, a Paradise resident who was lucky enough to be able to escape the wildfires with her child.
The main victims who were not able to escape are believed to be individuals with mobility issues or elderly residents, who would find evacuating from the wildfires a lot more difficult.
Finding The Bodies
Efforts by forensic experts are being made to try to find more bodies within the areas afflicted with the wildfire, with cadaver dogs from the local police being employed along with mobile army morgues to aid in the finding and identifying of the people killed by this wildfire. The fire itself has currently burned more than 111,000 acres (45,000 hectares) and is nearly 25% contained, fire officials said.
How Will The South Be affected?
Overall, these wildfires are bad news, and we are all just hoping that they die down soon, else we see more death and destruction from the wildfires.