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California is on fire again

Updated: Dec 3, 2018

The Camp Fire that devastated parts of Northern California for more than two-and-a-half weeks is now 100% contained. But authorities are still searching for remains, according to CNN.

At least 88 people have been killed.

John Vause anchors from Thomas Fire in Ventura County. December 7, 2017. Photo by Ryan Cooper

In announcing that firefighters have contained the Camp Fire, Cal Fire is not saying the blaze is out. What this means is they have cut a fire line around the remaining flames to keep them from spreading further.

Last year, we anchored our LA shows from the Thomas Fire in Ventura County. I remember the eerie scene as we drove past a police cordon and up a dark street after dusk. On the left side of the road, all the homes were intact. On the right, the fires had destroyed everything. As is so often the case, the only things left standing were chimneys.

It is hard to fathom how a twist of fate – which side of the street your house was situated – could mean all the difference for homeowners.

That fire was the state's second largest.

The Camp Fire has been the state's deadliest.


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