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The North Complex:

    OROVILLE, Calif. —  James Wood checks his clipboard and bangs on the door at a Motel 6. The air is thick with smoke. “Red Cross,” he calls, loudly, through his heavy, protective mask. “Dinner!” His gloved-and-masked partner places four white foam boxes on the ground. They are filled with chicken tacos, compliments of the Salvation Army. The motel door swings wide. A head pops out. There are thank yous and the murmur of comforting conversation. Then the refugee from the North Complex fire picks up the food, shuts the door, and the volunteers move on to the next room. And the next one. And the next. This is how emergency services are provided in the fall of 2020 at the...
    CHICO (CBS SF/AP) –Search teams have recovered the remains of two new fire victims, raising the death toll in the North Complex West Zone blaze to 14, authorities announced Sunday night. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced the latest recoveries at the nightly update. He did not release any other details. However, Honea did release information about a third victim — Khawar Bhatti — he was a 58-year-old man who died in Berry Creek. He also said the number of missing has been reduced from 16 to 7. On Sunday, survivors of the fire told frightening tales of their panicked escape from Berry Creek as the wall of flames roared through early Wednesday. Particularly of encountering a traffic jam on...
    BERRY CREEK (CBS SF/AP) — As a wall of flames roared toward the Butte County mountain community of Berry Creek, panicked residents trying to escape ran into a traffic jam on the two-lane bridge leading out of town. The blaze had traveled 30 miles over an 18-hour stretch after it jumped over the fire lines Tuesday, leaving in its wake a path of death and destruction. Squarely in fire’s path was Berry Creek — an unincorporated town of about 1,200 people. Among those trying to escape were Misty Spires and her boyfriend, Jonathan Gonzales, who had spent time Tuesday night trying to save their home and other structures with a fire hose from the volunteer fire department hooked up to...
    As the massive North Complex fire sped across Plumas, Butte and Yuba counties this week, tens of thousands of residents rushed to escape. Some were unable to flee in time. Justin Williams and his two sons were at home in Berry Creek when the fire exploded. As Williams hopped in one car to check on family in the area, he said that Josiah, 16, and his older brother, who had been visiting from Indiana, were supposed to leave in their respective cars. When Williams reached the bottom of the hill and realized the two hadn’t escaped, he tried desperately to drive back to the house. But he was stopped by police and redirected to nearby Highway 70. Every road was...
    The first named victim of a devastating California wildfire that has so far killed 10 has been identified as a 16-year-old student who was 'supposed to leave with his brother' but couldn't escape the flames.  Josiah Williams, 16, died in the North Complex fire that ripped through the community of Berry Creek in Butte County, California, this week. His devastated family broke their silence to announce his death after several fraught days searching for the teen culminated in the discovery of his body.   This comes as the West Coast continues to be ravaged by almost 100 major wildfires that have scorched almost 4.4 million acres and killed at least 23 across 12 states.     The North Complex fire is now California's deadliest...
    The now-named North Complex fire in Butte County is already the deadliest this year in California Butte firefighters see a fire tower rise before them. Photo: JOSH EDELSON / . / . Forest fire North Complex in Butte County in Northern California on Thursday became the deadliest of the year in the state when IThe authorities announced seven more deaths, bringing the total to 10 and there was a disturbing prospect that the death toll would rise as authorities search for 16 missing people, the Reno Gazette Journal reported. # BearFire / # NorthComplexWestZone – 7 more fatalities have been confirmed in the press conference, bringing the total to 10. #NorthComplex ...
    When Laura Cootsona woke up on Wednesday morning and learned that the North Complex fire was ravaging Butte County, she immediately thought about the horrors of the Camp fire. Outside, the sky was as dark as night and ash was raining from the sky — the same way it was two years ago when thousands of people were forced to flee the flames engulfing their mountain homes. Entire towns, including Paradise, were destroyed and 85 people died, making it the deadliest fire in California’s history. “The PTSD from the smoke smell is real,” Cootsona told me from her office in Chico, as the North Complex blaze, which includes the Bear fire, swelled to more than 250,000 acres and barreled toward...
    BUTTE CO., Calif. -- The North Complex West Zone, one of several wildfires that make up the North Complex, practically exploded in size this week, creating a terrifying situation for Butte County residents.CALFIRE previously referred to the blaze as the Bear Fire, then announced the name change Thursday morning.RELATED: Evacuees describe racing for safety as Bear Fire explodes in size in Butte County"Tuesday afternoon, the North Complex fire entered Butte County, driven by high winds, heavy fuels and steep terrains," said CALFIRE in an incident update. "Firefighters spent Tuesday into Wednesday morning engaged in lifesaving and evacuation operations."Crews rescued about 100 residents as the fire wreaked havoc on the Berry Creek and Feather Falls communities.High winds fanned the flames and...
    HEALDSBURG (KPIX) — Hundreds of weary firefighters battled the advancing flames of Walbridge Fire early Saturday for a fourth straight day as the LNU Lightning Complex grew to more than 302,388 acres, burned down at least 480 structures, claimed four lives and injured another four fire victims. While Cal Fire officials were reporting 15 percent containment of the massive complex of wildfires, the Walbridge Fire remained at zero containment. At 302,388 acres, the LNU Lightning Complex has now grown to the equivalent of 472 square miles. In comparison, Manhattan is a mere 22.8 square miles and Chicago is 234. Early Saturday, Cal Fire said the Walbridge Fire was a top priority as it has the potential to roar right...