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The Camp Fire ignited on Nov. 8, 2018, in Feather River Canyon in Butte County, Calif. The fire quickly became well-established in steep canyon terrain, spreading from the origin toward the small community of Pulga. Strong winds drove the fire 7.5 miles from its origin to the town of Paradise. Within five hours, most of the town was destroyed. The fire continued to spread, impacting the foothills south of Paradise to Highway 99 and the outskirts of Chico, destroying a large portion of Magalia, and burning communities in Yankee Hill and Cherokee.

The fire burned for 18 days before being declared 100% contained on Nov. 25. At peak daily staffing, total personnel involved in firefighting exceeded 5,600, including 900 pieces of apparatus (620 engines, 101 hand crews, 102 dozers and 77 water tenders).

The Camp Fire consumed 153,336 acres and destroyed 18,804 structures, including 13,696 single-family residences. The fire resulted in 85 civilian fatalities and five reported major firefighter injuries.

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