The death toll for the Northern California Camp Fire has now reached at least 79. The number of missing persons has dropped to 700. The wildfire is now 70 percent contained as search and rescue efforts continue in Paradise, which was decimated by the flames, with nearly 12,000 homes destroyed and over 150,000 acres burned. With area shelters filled to capacity, displaced residents now face the question of where to go. Hundreds of people living in a Walmart parking lot in the city of Chico were asked to leave over the weekend, although many camps were still up by Monday. This is displaced resident Amy Sheppard.
Amy Sheppard: “As of right now, we’re just making it day by day, hoping that we can get back up to our property and start to rebuild our lives again. So, now life is very hard, especially with the little ones, trying to keep them happy and healthy and fed. And the food has been given free by so many, so many sources. People are just out sourcing everywhere, They’re coming with food, and so that’s not been a problem, as clothing, too, they’re helping with.”
Meanwhile, rain is forecast in Northern California from Wednesday through Friday, prompting a flash flood warning for the region, as major storms threaten to further complicate living conditions for those sleeping outdoors, as well as hamper ongoing search efforts.