California Fires Map: Camp Fire Update, Air Quality, Containment, Death Toll Latest

At least 79 people are dead in California's Camp Fire, according to the latest death toll figure from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), a number that is expected to rise with hundreds still missing amid the devastation.

Cal Fire said the Camp Fire in Butte County was 151,272 acres in size and 70 percent contained by the 4,736 personnel still battling the flames. Full containment is not expected until November 30.

The fire started on November 8 and, though investigations into the cause continue, a faulty power line may be to blame.

Rain is forecast across the area. While this will help quell the Camp Fire, it brings with it the risk of landslides, cloying mud that could hamper the search and recovery efforts, and the destruction of what is left, including key but fragile evidence, such as human remains.

"Firefighters continue to construct and reinforce direct and indirect control lines with hand crews and dozers," Cal Fire said in its latest incident update.

"Damage inspection crews continue to survey the fire area. The Butte County Sheriff's Office continues with search and recovery operations with the assistance of US&R and search & rescue teams.

"Fire suppression repair will continue in order to rehab the fire area and reduce the impacts of the forecasted rain."

Cal Fire said 11,713 homes had been destroyed in the fire, and 472 commercial structures too. There are still 14,500 structures threatened by the Camp Fire. Butte County's list of missing people has 630 names on it.

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A map of the Camp Fire in Butte County, California. Cal Fire/Google Maps

The air quality is still very unhealthy within the Camp Fire, because of the smoke, the Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow system said.

Nearby Chico, which is on the edge of the fire, has unhealthy air, as do other towns and settlements in the surrounding area of the Camp Fire.

"People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion," says the EPA's advice.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento said on Monday that the rainfall expected over the coming days would help improve air quality in the area.

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The EPA's AirNow map for air quality in California. The area affected by the Camp Fire is highlighted in purple by Newsweek. EPA

Last week, a Butte County official told Newsweek it will take years to rebuild the communities devastated by the Camp Fire.

"We are still responding to the incident and have just begun to plan for the recovery of our communities," said Casey Hatcher, Butte County's economic and community development manager.

"This process will be years in the making, as we have seen in communities in Sonoma County and others across California that have faced destruction from wildfires in recent years.

"I do not have estimates on the cost of the recovery process yet, but we are tremendously grateful to our state and federal partners for their commitment to assisting the residents of Butte County with rebuilding from the Camp Fire."

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An aerial view of a neighborhood destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 15 in Paradise, California. Containment of the blaze was not expected before November 30. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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