Wildfires in California remain only about 30 percent contained, despite a massive effort by fire crews to stop the blaze. According to a report from Reuters, the “Camp Fire” — as it is being called — has thus far destroyed 125,000 acres, leveled a town, and has claimed 42 lives. 7,600 buildings, including thousands of homes, are believed to have been destroyed as well, and more than 200 people are still unaccounted for. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) told reporters that this is the most destructive and deadly wildfire in California history.


“Thirty percent is kind of where we’re getting close to rounding the corner. When we’re the 30s and 40s, they’re getting a good handle on it,” said Erica Bain, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire while speaking to Reuters. “By the end of this week I’d like to see that number up to 40, maybe 45.”

While the news may seem bleak, emergency crews on scene are hoping that improving weather conditions will aid them in getting more of the inferno under control. Additional units will begin arriving on scene throughout the week, including urban search and rescue personnel, cadaver K9 units, and a Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT). Currently, close to 10,000 firefighters are working to extinguish the fire.