DEADLIEST FIRE IN U.S. HISTORY
The death toll has hit 59 and continues to rise with hundreds more unaccounted for as a result of two burning wildfires in California.
‘The Camp Fire’ burning near Sacramento and ‘The Woolsey Fire’ outside of Los Angeles have blanketed nearly 250,000 acres, destroying thousands of homes and causing mass evacuations near the areas.
Although some of those who have been displaced have ended up in shelters, the facilities are nearly at capacity causing difficulties for those looking for places to go and leaving some setting up camp in parking lots. A resident of Paradise who had to flee, Matthew Flanagan, told CBS News “There’s more evacuees, more people running out of money for hotels…and families, you know, they’re staying with people, but, you know, they can’t stay there forever.”
According to Fox News, over 8,000 firefighters have been deployed statewide to battle the blaze. Dry, warm temperatures with high winds have made containing the flames difficult to this point, but fire crews may get a boost soon as next week is expected to bring cooler temperatures and rain.