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Camp Fire evacuees film harrowing escape

Evacuees who fled the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, filmed their escape and spoke with CNN's Dan Simon about their experiences.

Posted: Nov 12, 2018 10:51 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2018 11:11 PM

As if the gut-wrenching images weren't powerful enough, the staggering numbers behind the California wildfires show this recent rash of infernos is unlike any other:

31 deaths

Of the 31 people killed in this month's wildfires, 29 died in Northern California's Camp Fire. That ties the record for the most number of deaths from a California wildfire. (The last time 29 people were killed was in 1933, when the Griffith Park Fire ravaged Los Angeles.) Two others were killed in the Woolsey Fire in Malibu.

About 100 people

Roughly 100 people are still unaccounted for, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (also known as Cal Fire). While officials hope those people are safe elsewhere, it's quite possible more victims will be found dead.

13 million people

In Southern California, 13 million people are in critical fire danger through Tuesday, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Cities including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Anaheim and Glendale are at risk.

310 square miles

In just the past four days, the wildfires have burned more than 310 square miles in California. That's an area larger than all five boroughs of New York City.

6,453 homes

The Camp Fire has destroyed more than 6,700 structures, making it the most destructive fire in California history. That number includes at least 6,453 homes, according to Cal Fire.

8,000+ firefighters

More than 8,000 firefighters -- including many from out of state -- are battling the Camp, Woolsey and Hill wildfires.

1,250 square miles (and counting)

That's how much land has been torched by California wildfires so far this year, according to Cal Fire. The total is now greater than the size of Rhode Island.

And if it seems like wildfires are getting worse, they are. The 1,250 square miles burnt this year is four times the average for this point in the year. And six of the 10 most destructive wildfires over the past century have happened since 2015.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 310885

Reported Deaths: 6955
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1274393744
Riverside24765537
Orange22650412
San Diego18863420
San Bernardino18275304
Imperial7759132
Fresno762787
Alameda7485147
San Joaquin627968
Kern619597
Santa Clara5863166
Tulare5678152
Sacramento515279
Contra Costa446088
Stanislaus436450
San Francisco431650
Ventura409353
Santa Barbara386829
San Mateo3846112
Marin336430
Kings285539
Monterey241918
Solano207528
Merced179312
Sonoma156114
Placer102111
San Luis Obispo9054
Madera8578
Yolo83928
Santa Cruz5373
Napa4774
Butte3384
Sutter3374
San Benito3112
El Dorado3070
Lassen2610
Shasta1766
Humboldt1654
Glenn1640
Nevada1631
Yuba1633
Lake1081
Mendocino1070
Colusa1030
Tehama981
Calaveras670
Tuolumne640
Del Norte600
Mono491
Siskiyou410
Amador360
Inyo341
Mariposa311
Plumas170
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 72°
Oroville
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 104° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 78°
Paradise
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 72°
Chester
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 48°
Red Bluff
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 105° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 70°
Willows
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 107° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 72°
A hot week will transform into an even hotter weekend over northern California as high pressure stays in control of our weather. No rain is in the forecast, but it will cool a bit by late next week.
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