Officials give update on Camp Fire during press conference
OROVILLE, Calif. —
The Butte County Sheriff's Office hosted a press conference Thursday evening to give an update on the Camp Fire.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, Butte County Cal Fire Chief Darren Read, CHP Valley Division Chief Brent Newman, Senator Jim Nielsen, and Congressman Doug LaMalfa all spoke during the press conference.
Sheriff Honea said the Butte County Sheriff's Office received a call about the fire around 6:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of Camp Creek Road in Pulga.
Deputies and Cal Fire quickly realized the growth potential for the fire and a Code Red Alert was sent out.
23,862 contacts were reached in the Code Red Alert.
Since the start of the fire, the dispatch center has received 1,038 calls, the majority of them being fire related.
Sheriff Honea said 100's of those calls were from people saying they either couldn't get out or were calling about loved ones who were unreachable.
The Sheriff's Office has also received 600 calls for welfare checks. Sheriff Honea said deputies are doing their best to check on all these locations and are down to 400 checks.
Sheriff Honea added that deputies will be patrolling areas that have been evacuated to make sure they are safe from looting.
These resources will also be used to look for people who are missing.
Reports of fatalities have not been verified. Sheriff Honea said they have deputies working to get to the areas where the fatalities have been reported.
All Paradise zones are under an immediate evacuation order and all lanes of the Skyway are headed out of town.
300 fire engines, 20 dozers, multiple aircraft, and 1,500 people are at the scene or are on their way.
If you have questions about the fire, please do not call 911. You can call the Cal Fire Call Center at 530-879-3709.