The death toll is now 63. I wish I could say this will be the end......but that is not the case. They are working deeper into the fire area. As they are getting more depth in the search of buildings, more remains are being found.
As to the fire itself.......
The fire is now at an estimated 141,000 acres in size and is 40 percent contained. The fire is burning in grass, brush, and timber. The cause of the fire is under investigation. That investigation is looking at possible connections to power line issues. But, they are working on every possibility with investigators from multiple agencies involved.
Fire behavior was moderate with uphill runs, isolated torching and flanking. Steep and rugged terrain continues to impede control efforts. Firefighters worked throughout the day in all areas of the fire to continue suppression efforts while working to strengthen and improve control lines. Firefighters implemented both indirect and direct fire attack methods to make progress in containing the fire. Many portions of the fire are burning in steep and rugged terrain where direct fire attack is difficult. Established containment lines are holding and firefighters continue to patrol the interior of the fire for hot spots.
A total of 9,700 single residences, 106 multiple residences, 4 mixed commercial residential, 260 non-residential and 1,301 other minor structures have been destroyed. The minor structures includes irrigation and well pump houses, sheds, and shops. 15,500 structures of various type remain at risk.
Expect the number of buildings destroyed to continue to increase significantly.
An estimated 52,000 civilians have been evacuated. 1385 remain in evacuation centers.
Mandatory evacuations include Concow, Magalia, and Paradise, Centerville, Butte Creek Canyon, Lower Neal and Upper Honey Run, Cherokee, Nimshew, Lower Clark, Lower Skyway, Carnegie, North Pines, Fir Haven, South Pine, Old Magalia, and Coutolenc. The evacuation order also includes Clark and Pentz roads south to Hwy 70, Butte Valley, Pulga, Yankee Hill Concow, Humbug, Stirling, Powellton, Lovelock, Brush Creek, Mountain House and Bloomer Hill. Evacuation Warnings and road closures are in effect for the Little Chico Creek area (north).
Multiple road closures include portions of Hwy 99, Hwy 70, Hwy 149, Hwy 162, the Skyway Rd and numerous roads in the fire area..
Union Pacific Railway, Sawmill Peak Lookout, Flea Mountain Lookout, Butte Fire Center, and USFS facilities remain threatened. Major power, water and communication infrastructure is threatened.
Paradise, Magalia, and Concow water systems are under a "boil" notice.
CALFIRE Team 4 with Todd Derum as the IC is Unified Command with US Forest Service, Butte County Sheriff's and the Town of Paradise Police Department. Resource assignment for the fire is;
3 fire fighters have suffered minor injuries battling the fire.
Total Fire Personnel.....5,596
Total Fire Engines........622
Total Fire Crews...........101
Total Water Tenders.....75
Air tankers are being used when conditions allow. The 747 super tanker has been used as well as a DC 10 Very Large Air Tanker. Smaller air tankers have also been used. Air tankers are flying missions from Chico, and Redding. The largest air tankers are flying out of Sacramento. Smaller air tankers are also flying out of Sacramento.