Camp Fire in Butte County grows to 111,000 acres with 25 percent containment

PARADISE, Calif. (KGO) -- Hot spots burning throughout Paradise illuminate what would otherwise be total darkness in a town that remains without power.

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Six more bodies were recovered in the area on Sunday, bringing the Camp Fire's death toll to 29, according to Butte County Sheriff-Coroner Kory Honea.


With 228 people still unaccounted for, there's fear more bodies could be found in the coming days as officials comb through the vast fields of dark debris.

"These are more challenging investigations and autopsies because you're often dealing with remains of humans who have been burned and in some cases, you might only have bones," said Honea.

Identifying the bodies could take some time cautioned Honea.

"There's nothing left. All my neighbors except one are gone," lamented Gary Green. He stayed behind to protect his home in the community of Concow when the Camp Fire broke out early Thursday morning.

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Green is certain that one of those killed was his friend.

"She lived up the street from me and she went to church with us, she didn't get out."

Firefighters from around the state, including San Francisco, have spent the last few days working to contain the fire.

"Making sure things are completely extinguished, we don't' want any new flare-ups," said Capt. Pablo Siguenza with the San Francisco strike team.

Of the thousands of homes lost, dozens belonged to first responders-- including firefighters and officers.

"I was talking to one deputy today, he lost his house, he lost everything and he said 'I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I need to be out here helping,'" said Honea.

In a report from PG&E, the utility explained that roughly 15 minutes before the deadly fire began turning the town of Paradise into an apocalyptic scene, PG&E detected a transmission line outage across the Feather River from Poe Dam.

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"Engine 2 is responding. Copy, possible power lines down," can be heard over the radio. The incident resulted in a power outage at 6:15 a.m.

Cal Fire reported the Camp Fire started near that area at 6:33 a.m.

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