California: The Butte County Sheriff has said that the deadliest wildfire in California has destroyed the mountain town paradise in California and killed at least 85 people. It also said that the number of people still missing from the Campfire north of San Francisco dropped to 249. The number was revised down from 475 as people who were believed missing were found in shelters, staying in hotels or with friends.
On November 8 the Campfire has destroyed around 14,000 homes late Tuesday, another 2-5 inches (5 to 13 cm) of rain is expected to drop on the Sierra Nevada foothills through next Sunday, hampering the searches work and renewing fears of flash floods and mudslide said forecasters.
A Meteorologist with federal Weather Prediction Center in College Park Brian Hurley said “ The fear is that the rain will drop in intense bursts. All the vegetation has burned away, that is a dangerous recipe for mudslides”
With 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) of rain fell there and turned ash from the thousands of destroyed homes into slurry, complicating the work of finding bodies reduced to bone fragments.
The warning alert was given Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea that remains of some victims may never be found.
Accounting for a quarter of its 27,000 residents, the Paradise town was popular destination for retirees, with people aged 65 or older. Most of the victims of the fire identified so far were of retirement age.
With friends or relatives in nearby towns, thousands of people forced to flee Paradise spent Thanksgiving in warehouses in the nearby city of Chico.