The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. It is also the deadliest wildfire in the United States since the Cloquet fire in 1918, and is high on the list of the world's deadliest wildfires. It was the world's costliest natural disaster in 2018.
Named after Camp Creek Road, the fire started on November 8, 2018, in Butte County, in Northern California. After exhibiting extreme fire behavior through the community of Concow, an urban firestorm formed in the densely populated foothill town of Paradise. The fire caused at least 86 civilian fatalities, with 3 persons still missing, and injured 12 civilians, two prison inmate firefighters, and three other firefighters. It covered an area of 153,336 acres (almost 240 sq. miles), and destroyed 18,804 structures, with most of the damage occurring within the first four hours. Total damage was $16.5 billion; one-quarter of the damage, $4 billion, was not insured. The fire reached 100 percent containment after seventeen days on November 25, 2018.
Lifeline is partnering with multiple non-profit and other organizations (Angels Among Us, 180 Disaster Relief, 4G Foundation, Everyone Matters Ministries, Foursquare Disaster Relief, City Serve, Magalia Community Church, Able Fire Equipment, and Operation Blessing) to serve evacuees and first responders food, water, household supplies, personal supplies, clothing, shoes and more. We setup our 2,400 sq ft tent as a distribution warehouse, and are supplying a 5th wheel to help house Camp Fire evacuees. Distributed thousands of dollars in gift cards. Our ongoing efforts will continue at least late into 2019, as needs continue to grow.