BUTTE COUNTY (CBS13) – The latest in Bear Fire, an extension of the North Complex Fire launched by Pluma National Forest:
Cal Fire has given a new name to the fire that has destroyed or destroyed thousands of structures.
The Bear Fire will now be called the North Complex West Zone from the beginning, Cal Fire announced on Thursday morning.
It is not clear why the name was changed, but the new name reflects the way the fire is part of the larger North Complex fire that burned for almost a month before the explosion this week.
The #BearFire in Butte County has a new name. It will be referred to from now on as #NorthComplexWestZone. Here is the morning update and a public information map of the fire. pic.twitter.com/Jc6n6xcrMO
– CAL FIRE Butte Unit / Butte County Fire Department (@CALFIRE_ButteCo) September 10, 2020
Cal Fire also unveiled a total of 2,000 structures that have been damaged or destroyed since Thursday morning. It is not clear how many of these constructions were houses at this point. Another 22,356 structures are still threatened.
As of Thursday, the North Complex West Zone / Bear Fire has increased to 70,250 acres. The limit remains at 0%.
Authorities in Butte County on Thursday were searching for at least 12 people missing in the Bear Fire after three people were found dead in connection with the fire on Wednesday.
One mother, Jessica Williams, said Josiah’s 16-year-old son was missing. He last appeared at Berry Creek and, as of Thursday morning, says he has not yet been able to contact him.
Some 20,000 people are being evacuated in the area due to the Bear Fire, which is part of the North Complex fires in Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties.
– Laura Haefeli (@LauraHaefeli) September 10, 2020
After a severe windstorm, the fire broke out in the last days after burning for about three weeks. Hundreds of homes and other structures have been destroyed or destroyed. As of Thursday morning, fires in the Northern Complex had burned 252,163 acres, or nearly 400 square miles, down to 24% – down from a high of 51 percent before these new starts.
Parts of the Paradise and Concow communities destroyed by the 2018 Camp Fire are once again under threat from the Bear Fire.
The U.S. Forest Service said the winds were expected to move southwest on Thursday, which could cause increased behavior and smoke.