Update: As of Saturday, the list of people unaccounted for grew to approximately 1,300.
“Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says emergency responders have made progress in finding people who had been reported missing in the wildfires but the list of those unaccounted for is now nearly 1,300,” reports the Associated Press. “Honea pleaded Saturday with the public to check out the list and to call in if they are safe.”
After the discovery of five more bodies, the death toll climbed to 76.
As the monstrous Camp Fire enters its second week, good news is hard to come by, with more than 600 people still missing and 71 reported dead.
The fire encircles almost 150,000 acres as of Saturday morning, with Cal Fire reporting 9,700 single family homes and 144 multi-family homes in Butte County destroyed, on top of hundreds of business and smaller buildings.
The state’s latest report on the fire does contain at least one glimmer of good news though: As of Saturday, fire crews have the conflagration more than half contained. The current estimated containment figure is 55 percent.
Although still growing, the blaze seems not so aggressive as it was just a few days ago, with containment now increasing faster than the fire’s size.
There is still a lot of work to do, and as always wildfires and the weather both remain perilously unpredictable. Cal Fire continues to project that full containment may take up to two more weeks.
As of Saturday, all designated evacuation centers are full, except for the Glenn County Fairgrounds (221 E Yolo St in Orland), which is now accepting evacuees again.