What we know Thursday about North State wildfires: North Complex one of most destructive blazes in California history

David Benda Redding Record SearchlightPublished 11:07 AM EDT Sep 17, 2020Editor's note: We have made this stor

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The  North Complex has now destroyed 635 homes as the still-burning blaze is now the 14th most destructive wildfire in California history, according to state fire officials.

All told, the North Complex has leveled 983 structures.

The complex of fires, which started Aug. 19 in the Plumas National Forest and blew up into Butte County on Sept. 8, has killed 15 peoples, authorities said.  

On Wednesday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said one person is still unaccounted for, down from two on Tuesday, and said his office is pursuing leads on their whereabouts. He said no additional human remains were found Wednesday.

Twelve of the people who died have been identified, including two whose names were released Wednesday.

One was Mark Delagardie, 61, of Berry Creek. The other person identified was Kin Lee, 64, of Berry Creek.  

Previously, authorities identified 10 others who died:

  • Jacob Albright, 74, of Feather Falls
  • Randy Harrell, 67, of Feather Falls
  • Paul Winer, 68, of Berry Creek
  • John Butler, age 79 of Berry Creek
  • Sandra Butler, age 75 of Berry Creek
  • Jorge Hernandez-Juarez, age 26 of Berry Creek
  • Philip Rubel, age 68 of Berry Creek
  • Khawar Bhatti, age 58 of Berry Creek
  • Millicent Catarancuic, age 77 of Berry Creek
  • Josiah Williams, age 16 of Berry Creek

Meanwhile, power companies have come into the area to repair the damaged.

"The utility companies have started working on the damaged infrastructure where safe to do so in the fire area. More work will continue as other areas of the fire are deemed safe," Cal Fire officials said.

The weather again on Thursday shouldn't be a factor in Butte County, the National Weather Services said.

Temperatures will be in the low 80s with an east wind 5 to 10 mph.

Slater/Devil Fires

  • Location: Siskiyou, Del Norte, Josephine (Oregon) counties
  • Size: 149,383 acres (Slater: 141,403; Devil: 6,180; Fox: 1,800)
  • Containment: 10% on Slater; 0% on Devil and Fox
  • Notes: 2 deaths reported; evacuation orders remain in effect for a few neighborhoods in Happy Camp where downed power lines and hazardous materials remain a concern; Pacific Power was able to restore power to the town, according to InciWeb. The Devil Fire "is currently understaffed," according to a U.S. Forest Service update.
  • Cost: $5.65 million (as of Thursday)
  • U.S. Forest Service officials have combined the Slater and Devil fires in the far northwestern part of the state into one fire.
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/3koQAfg and https://bit.ly/2RxqSIN

Butte/Tehama/Glenn Complex

  • Location: Tehama, Glenn counties
  • Size: 19,609 acres
  • Containment: 97%
  • Notes: 16 structures destroyed; the blaze includes multiple other smaller fires, according to state officials. Acreage was decreased because Elkhorn and Hopkins fires are no longer being counted in this complex.
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/2RiSgtV
  • Cost: $53.3 million

North Complex

  • Location: Butte, Plumas counties
  • Size: 273,335 acres; West Zone is 77,479 (as of  Thursday)
  • Containment: 36%; West Zone is 30%
  • Notes: 15 deaths, 10 have been identified and their families have been notified; 2 missing; evacuations in place; includes the Bear and Claremont fires, according to state officials
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/2RhRhKE and https://bit.ly/2FHnacS
  • Cost: $62.5 million (as of Thursday)

August Complex - North Zone

  • Location: Tehama, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity counties
  • Size: 760,469 acres (as of Thursday)
  • Containment: 30% 
  • Notes: 1 death and 11 injuries; 35 structures destroyed; merged fires include Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, Doe and Vinegar
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/3meMIPB and https://bit.ly/3hEFctz
  • Cost: $40 million (as of Thursday)
  • Expected containment: Nov. 15, 2020

August Complex - West Zone

  • Location: Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity counties
  • Size: 57,378 acres (as of Thursday)
  • Containment: 5% 
  • Notes: 0 deaths or injuries; 7 main structures, 11 minor structures destroyed; 13,926 structures threatened
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/2RrrgbS and https://bit.ly/35C0LZH
  • Cost: $10.3 million (as of Thursday)
  • Expected containment: Sept. 30, 2020

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Red Salmon Complex

  • Location: Trinity and Humboldt counties, 14 miles northest of Willow Creek mainly in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area
  • Size: 96,188 acres (as of Thursday)
  • Containment: 17%
  • Notes: Started by lightning July 27 and is now burning in timber and threatening several communities.
  • Cost: $62 million (as of Thursday)
  • Expected containment: Sept. 30, 2020

Shackleford Fire

  • Location: Siskiyou County, southwest of Quartz Valley Reservation
  • Size: 50 acres (as of Wednesday)
  • Containment: 70%
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/2ZrN8s7

Schoolhouse Fire

  • Location: Schoolhouse Gap and McAdams Creek roads, north of Fort Jones in Siskiyou County
  • Size: 45 acres (as of Wednesday)
  • Containment: 90%
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/2Rsej1u

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