The Camp Fire Horror

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The numbers coming out of the Northern California fires are horrible:

The number of reported dead in Butte County’s Camp Fire increased by two Monday, bringing the total to 79, Cal Fire said in an incident report.
One of the human remains found Monday was located in a structure in Paradise; the other was located outside in Magalia, according to a press release from the Butte County Sheriff’s office.

Of the 79 dead, 64 have been tentatively identified, according to the release.

The number of unaccounted for people decreased by 294 Monday and currently stands at 699, said the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

The 151,000-acre fire has reached 70 percent containment, Cal Fire reported as of 7 p.m.

The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, the Camp Fire has destroyed more than 15,000 structures, including more than 11,700 homes, according the Monday evening incident report.
Multiple evacuation zones had status updates Monday. In the updates, authorities warned residents returning to their homes and properties that services are limited, and residents should make sure they have access to food, water and fuel for their cars. Areas affected by the fire will not have power, phone/cell service, water or the ability to call 911, the incident report said.

Trump’s visit to the region last weekend, filled with silliness about climate change denial and how the forest floors need to be “raked” have been a distraction from the huge and unfortunate death toll.

Beyond words.