This post is updated as Butte County authorities release names of newly identified victims of the Camp Fire. Our most recent update: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Originally published Dec. 7, 2018.
ot long ago — but an eternity in the lives of tens of thousands of our Northern California neighbors — fire raged across the ridges and canyons of Butte County, devouring whole towns and sweeping away dozens of lives.
In the weeks after the Camp Fire raced through Paradise, Concow and Magalia — effectively destroying those communities in a single day, Nov. 8, 2018 — an army of 10,000 search and recovery personnel combed through the ruins looking for those who didn't, couldn't make it out.
Butte County officials say the searchers located the remains of 83 people and that two other residents died later of their injuries. The fatalities make the Camp Fire by far the deadliest wildfire in California history.
So far, authorities have positively identified and released the names of all but one of the 85 victims.
Below (and at this link) is a list including all those officially confirmed as having died in the fire. The audio above is a reading of names by KQED staff members as a gesture of remembrance to the communities devastated by the fire and to those grieving the loved ones they lost.
We will update these resources until positive identifications have been released for all those lost in the Camp Fire.