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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: 796436

Reported Deaths: 15291
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2633336423
Riverside576951173
San Bernardino53121908
Orange525381176
San Diego45425767
Kern31647357
Fresno27944362
Sacramento21800393
Alameda20839395
Santa Clara20648300
San Joaquin20060434
Stanislaus16425342
Contra Costa16156202
Tulare15782257
Ventura12507146
Imperial11658317
San Francisco1090199
San Mateo9664144
Monterey964570
Santa Barbara8952111
Merced8803140
Kings754477
Sonoma7225120
Marin6620114
Solano623260
Madera442465
Placer352343
San Luis Obispo345327
Butte277640
Yolo277355
Santa Cruz22838
Sutter168610
Napa165213
San Benito131411
Yuba11337
El Dorado10784
Mendocino88718
Shasta75114
Lassen7360
Glenn5683
Tehama5294
Nevada5256
Colusa5226
Lake51611
Humboldt4906
Calaveras31414
Amador28716
Tuolumne2264
Inyo18714
Mono1652
Siskiyou1630
Del Norte1381
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc250
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Overcast
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Hi: 85° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 66°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 87° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 65°
Paradise
Overcast
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Hi: 81° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 66°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 73° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 54°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 87° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 64°
Willows
Overcast
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Hi: 88° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 66°
Wednesday has been similar to Tuesday around northern California with comfortable temperatures, but unhealthy levels of smoke in the air. A cold front is approaching the West Coast, and that will move over the region on Thursday.
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