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    Josiah Williams (16) found dead after wildfires swept through Butte County, CA

    https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2020...e-berry-creek/

    Note this is an ongoing situation in Berry Creek given that 12 other people are reported missing due to wildfires. This is only 1 person identified as missing out of many others who are running from fires all over the West Coast.


    BERRY CREEK (CBS13) ? The small community of Berry Creek is now wiped out by a wildfire, in an eerie scene that?s become all too common in California.

    Devastation in Berry Creek

    This wildfire has also turned deadly. The Butte County Sheriff?s Office announcing three bodies have been discovered. None have been identified. There are also a dozen missing people.

    Jessica Williams reported her 16-year-old son missing. She spoke to CBS13 from Indiana, where she is working to locate her son Josiah Williams.

    ?He?s smart, he?s a good kid, he?s athletic,? Williams said.

    Josiah was last seen in Berry Creek. His car was found unscathed and a search of hospitals has turned up nothing. Jessica is praying it?s a miscommunication.

    ?I can?t get a hold of him, nobody can find him,? she said.
    First responders used a Berry Creek fire station as a triage for dozens of people fleeing the wildfire ? several suffering burns as they made their escape.

    ?I would say most of them were running for their lives,? Cal Fire Captain Specialist Matthew Palade said. ?You know, some of the people we encountered last night, they were sleeping. We woke people up.?

    Families of the missing are now holding onto hope for a miracle.

    ?Josiah, I love you please call me. Let mom know where you?re at,? Jessica Williams said.

    As of Thursday morning, Josiah?s mother says he remains missing. She is currently booking a flight to come to California as soon as possible.

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    https://www.wwaytv3.com/2020/09/10/s...sands-to-flee/

    (CBS News/AP) — Authorities in Northern California’s Butte County on Thursday were looking for at least 12 people missing in a fire after three people were found dead in connection with the blaze on Wednesday, CBS SF Bay Area reports.

    The communities of Paradise and Concow, which were devastated by the devastating Camp Fire in 2018, are again being threatened – this time by the Bear Fire, which is part of the North Complex fires in Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties.

    About 20,000 people were under evacuation orders or warnings in the three counties, the Associated Press reported.

    The fire has exploded in the last 48 hours after burning for about three weeks, damaging or destroying hundreds of homes and other structures. As of Thursday morning, the North Complex fires had burned 252,163 acres – nearly 400 square miles. Containment was reported to be at 24%.

    Destructive wildfires are also tearing through parts of Oregon and Washington state, while California this year has seen fires advance with unprecedented ferocity and speed. Some of the more than 24 major fires burning across the state are among the largest on record in California’s recent history.

    Fires have killed 12 people in California since the middle of August and destroyed more than 3,600 buildings. Smoke choked the skies on Wednesday, turning them shocking shades of red and orange.

    On Wednesday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed that three people were found dead and at least a dozen were missing in connection with the Bear Fire. He became emotional Wednesday night when announcing the news of the dead and missing.

    “This is the part of the presentation I’ve been dreading,” said Honea. “It brings back memories of when I stood before you back in 2018 to talk about the people who lost their lives during the Camp Fire.”

    “Our situation over the last 36 hours has been dangerous, it’s been deadly, its been extremely destructive,” said Cal Fire Butte County Chief John Massina.

    Among the latest damage reported was to the mountain community of Berry Creek which was nearly destroyed by flames. Nearby Camp Okizu – a long-time beloved Sierra retreat for children suffering from cancer – had significant damage.

    A mother reported to CBS Sacramento she has not heard from her 16-year-old son Josiah Williams since the Bear Fire broke out. He was last seen in Berry Creek and his car was found unscathed. A search of hospitals has turned up nothing.

    Jessica Williams said she is praying it’s a miscommunication. “I can’t get a hold of him, nobody can find him,” she told CBS Sacramento.

    The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said it received 85 missing person reports or requests for welfare checks in the area affected by the fire. So far, Honea said deputies have safely located 73 individuals.

    Warning this thread will be updated to include other reported missing people in the California Wildfires once Calfire and the CHP release some of the names reported missing due to wildfires.

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    https://fox40.com/news/local-news/no...y-evacuations/

    10 people are reported dead in the 2020 Butte County wildfire but thats uncertain if this includes Josiah Williams given the situation of 16 people reported missing due to ongoing rescue operations.

    PLUMAS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Evacuations have been ordered in Plumas, Butte and Yuba counties as crews battle the North Complex fires and the North Complex West Zone Fire.

    The North Complex began on August 17, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Since then, it has spread an approximate 244,203 acres and is 23% contained.

    The North Complex West Zone Fire, formerly known as the Bear Fire and included in the North Complex fires, has now been made its own incident.

    The North Complex West Zone Fire has burned 67,295 acres and is 5% contained, according to Cal Fire.

    Fire crews say approximately 2,000 structures have been destroyed in Butte County.

    On Thursday, the remains of seven people who died in the North Complex West Zone Fire were found.

    According to the sheriff’s office, 10 people have died, with three people found dead Wednesday.

    Authorities said the remains have not been identified and the sheriff’s office has not been able to contact next of kin.

    Out of 124 calls to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office about missing or at-risk citizens, Capt. Derek Bell says 98 people have been safely found. Detectives and deputies said Thursday they were still looking for 16 people.

    Shelby Boston, with the Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services, said Wednesday they were still trying to place 140 waiting families in hotel rooms as COVID-19 prevents them from setting up traditional shelters.

    Click or tap some county names for evacuation maps.

    Mandatory Evacuations
    Plumas County
    La Porte: Little Grass Valley Reservoir (All residents, campgrounds, and recreational facilities near Little, Grass Valley Reservoir and the town of La Porte), Onion Valley south to the county line
    Bucks Lake: From Bucks Lake Rd (Highway 162) at the Plumas/Butte County Line east to Bucks Lake Road at Big Creek Road (east intersection). This includes Bucklin Road from Mill Creek Campground south to Bucks Lake Road, all residents, recreational facilities, campgrounds in the Bucks Lake area.
    Butte County
    Community of Feather Falls
    Community of Clipper Mills
    Community of Berry Creek
    Community of Brush Creek
    Community of Forbestown
    Community of Kelly Ridge
    Community of Copley Acres
    Miners Ranch Road at Highway 162 and Oro-Bangor Highway, which includes Bangor and the Mt. Ida area
    Highway 70 at Cherokee Road south to Thompson Flat Cemetery Road, and all points east to Lake Oroville
    East of Oakvale Ave.
    Yuba County
    La Porte Road and NY Flat Road, north of Brownsville to the county line
    Community of Forbestown
    Community of Clipper Mills
    Community of Woodleaf
    Community of Strawberry Valley
    Northern Yuba County Border from Strawberry Valley to Forbestown and south to Rackerby and Brownsville-Challenge all the way over the upper portion of Bullards Bar Reservoir
    Loma Rica, beginning at the original start area for the Cascade Fire (just north where Marysville Road becomes Willow Glen Road)
    All areas south from Collins Lake to the Yuba County border to the west, with Fruitland Road representing the lower line of the evacuation
    Evacuation Warnings
    Plumas County
    Quincy La Porte Road from Highway 70 south to Red Bridge.
    New Meadow Valley from Bucks Lake Road at Big Creek Road east to Snake Lake Road
    New Feather River Canyon (Highway 70) – From the Plumas/Butte County Line east to Belden, this includes the Community of Belden.
    Butte County
    Oroville Hospital
    Oroville: Downtown area to Highway 70
    Paradise Zone 14, east of Pentz Road
    North side of Highway 70 in the area of Lower Concow
    Highway 70 from Garden Drive south to Lower Honcut Road
    Lower Honcut Road east to Bangor, everything east to borders of current mandatory evacuations
    Foothill Blvd to Oakvale Ave
    Road Closures
    Oro Dam East at Canyon Highlands
    Oro Quincy Hwy at Foothill
    Hwy 162 at Foothill
    Brookdale/Pierpont at Foothill
    Foothill at Oro Garden
    Foothill at Oro Bangor
    Foothill at Lower Wyandotte
    Foothill at Dunstone
    Dunstone at Avacado
    Dunstone at LaPorte
    Laporte at Los Verjeles/Oro Bangor
    Los Verjeles at Yuba County Line
    Hwy 70 at Cherokee
    Cherokee at Thompson Flat Cemetery
    Hwy 70 at Big Bend
    Lumpkin at Lake Haven
    Quincy La Porte Road from Hwy 70 to Red Bridge is open to essential travel only
    Peppard Flat Road (The dirt portion)
    Quincy La Porte Road from Thompson Creek south to the Plumas County Line
    Bucks Lake Road between the Plumas/Butte County Line and Bucks Lake Big Creek Road (east intersection) and all roads in between
    Temporary Evacuation Points
    Gridley Fairgrounds located at 199 E. Hazel Street in Gridley
    Animal Shelters
    Butte County
    Large Animal Shelter: Camelot Equestrian Park, 1985 Clark Road, Paradise
    Please note: Camelot will not be accepting animals between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.
    Small Animal Shelter: Old County Hospital, 2279 Del Oro and Mono Ste E, Oroville
    This shelter is currently at capacity and cannot accept additional animals at this time. Residents are strongly encouraged to make plans for their animals in the event they need to evacuate. Residents with animals currently at the shelter are encouraged to continue to look for alternate housing options for their animals.

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    https://fox40.com/news/local-news/no...y-evacuations/

    10 people are reported dead in the 2020 Butte County wildfire but thats uncertain if this includes Josiah Williams given the situation of 16 people reported missing due to ongoing rescue operations.

    PLUMAS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) ? Evacuations have been ordered in Plumas, Butte and Yuba counties as crews battle the North Complex fires and the North Complex West Zone Fire.

    The North Complex began on August 17, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Since then, it has spread an approximate 244,203 acres and is 23% contained.

    The North Complex West Zone Fire, formerly known as the Bear Fire and included in the North Complex fires, has now been made its own incident.

    The North Complex West Zone Fire has burned 67,295 acres and is 5% contained, according to Cal Fire.

    Fire crews say approximately 2,000 structures have been destroyed in Butte County.

    On Thursday, the remains of seven people who died in the North Complex West Zone Fire were found.

    According to the sheriff?s office, 10 people have died, with three people found dead Wednesday.

    Authorities said the remains have not been identified and the sheriff?s office has not been able to contact next of kin.

    Out of 124 calls to the Butte County Sheriff?s Office about missing or at-risk citizens, Capt. Derek Bell says 98 people have been safely found. Detectives and deputies said Thursday they were still looking for 16 people.

    Shelby Boston, with the Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services, said Wednesday they were still trying to place 140 waiting families in hotel rooms as COVID-19 prevents them from setting up traditional shelters.

    Click or tap some county names for evacuation maps.

    Mandatory Evacuations
    Plumas County
    La Porte: Little Grass Valley Reservoir (All residents, campgrounds, and recreational facilities near Little, Grass Valley Reservoir and the town of La Porte), Onion Valley south to the county line
    Bucks Lake: From Bucks Lake Rd (Highway 162) at the Plumas/Butte County Line east to Bucks Lake Road at Big Creek Road (east intersection). This includes Bucklin Road from Mill Creek Campground south to Bucks Lake Road, all residents, recreational facilities, campgrounds in the Bucks Lake area.
    Butte County
    Community of Feather Falls
    Community of Clipper Mills
    Community of Berry Creek
    Community of Brush Creek
    Community of Forbestown
    Community of Kelly Ridge
    Community of Copley Acres
    Miners Ranch Road at Highway 162 and Oro-Bangor Highway, which includes Bangor and the Mt. Ida area
    Highway 70 at Cherokee Road south to Thompson Flat Cemetery Road, and all points east to Lake Oroville
    East of Oakvale Ave.
    Yuba County
    La Porte Road and NY Flat Road, north of Brownsville to the county line
    Community of Forbestown
    Community of Clipper Mills
    Community of Woodleaf
    Community of Strawberry Valley
    Northern Yuba County Border from Strawberry Valley to Forbestown and south to Rackerby and Brownsville-Challenge all the way over the upper portion of Bullards Bar Reservoir
    Loma Rica, beginning at the original start area for the Cascade Fire (just north where Marysville Road becomes Willow Glen Road)
    All areas south from Collins Lake to the Yuba County border to the west, with Fruitland Road representing the lower line of the evacuation
    Evacuation Warnings
    Plumas County
    Quincy La Porte Road from Highway 70 south to Red Bridge.
    New Meadow Valley from Bucks Lake Road at Big Creek Road east to Snake Lake Road
    New Feather River Canyon (Highway 70) ? From the Plumas/Butte County Line east to Belden, this includes the Community of Belden.
    Butte County
    Oroville Hospital
    Oroville: Downtown area to Highway 70
    Paradise Zone 14, east of Pentz Road
    North side of Highway 70 in the area of Lower Concow
    Highway 70 from Garden Drive south to Lower Honcut Road
    Lower Honcut Road east to Bangor, everything east to borders of current mandatory evacuations
    Foothill Blvd to Oakvale Ave
    Road Closures
    Oro Dam East at Canyon Highlands
    Oro Quincy Hwy at Foothill
    Hwy 162 at Foothill
    Brookdale/Pierpont at Foothill
    Foothill at Oro Garden
    Foothill at Oro Bangor
    Foothill at Lower Wyandotte
    Foothill at Dunstone
    Dunstone at Avacado
    Dunstone at LaPorte
    Laporte at Los Verjeles/Oro Bangor
    Los Verjeles at Yuba County Line
    Hwy 70 at Cherokee
    Cherokee at Thompson Flat Cemetery
    Hwy 70 at Big Bend
    Lumpkin at Lake Haven
    Quincy La Porte Road from Hwy 70 to Red Bridge is open to essential travel only
    Peppard Flat Road (The dirt portion)
    Quincy La Porte Road from Thompson Creek south to the Plumas County Line
    Bucks Lake Road between the Plumas/Butte County Line and Bucks Lake Big Creek Road (east intersection) and all roads in between
    Temporary Evacuation Points
    Gridley Fairgrounds located at 199 E. Hazel Street in Gridley
    Animal Shelters
    Butte County
    Large Animal Shelter: Camelot Equestrian Park, 1985 Clark Road, Paradise
    Please note: Camelot will not be accepting animals between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.
    Small Animal Shelter: Old County Hospital, 2279 Del Oro and Mono Ste E, Oroville
    This shelter is currently at capacity and cannot accept additional animals at this time. Residents are strongly encouraged to make plans for their animals in the event they need to evacuate. Residents with animals currently at the shelter are encouraged to continue to look for alternate housing options for their animals.

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    I read today he was identified as one of the deceased.


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    https://krcrtv.com/news/local/16-yea...plex-west-zone

    Family members of 16-year-old Josiah Williams tell KRCR News Channel 7 they were notified Thursday night that his remains were found after the fire tore through the small community of Berry Creek.

    The family had been searching desperately for Williams for a few days since the Bear Fire, which has now been renamed the North Complex West Zone incident, hit their community in Butte County.

    Williams' Aunt, Bobbie Zedaker, told KRCR over the phone that they don't know officially how he died.
    JL, I am making this a death thread for Josiah, if you want to post other missing people, make a new thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    https://krcrtv.com/news/local/16-yea...plex-west-zone



    JL, I am making this a death thread for Josiah, if you want to post other missing people, make a new thread.
    Thanks

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    https://twitter.com/velenajones/stat...85584068808704

    The family has issued a Twitter Statement on the death of Josiah.


    16-year-old Josiah Williams’s body has been found. His mother tells me DNA evidence confirms he died in the #NorthComplex fire.

    His mother tells me: “ He was alone, terrified and ran for his life...my son was a good, smart, caring young boy that died alone and it kills me thinking about what he was going through.”

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    https://www.kcra.com/article/death-t...fire/33998068#

    Update Millicent Catarancuic (77) has now been identified as one of the people killed in the North Complex wildfires in Butte County, CA along with Josiah Williams (16).

    BUTTE VALLEY, Calif. —
    The death toll in a wildfire burning in Butte County was revised to nine, the sheriff’s office said Friday.

    Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea said no new remains were found over the past 24 hours.

    On Thursday, officials said they found the remains for seven people. However, Honea said on closer inspection it was discovered that one of the remains was actually a model skeleton for a resident's anthropology class.

    The blaze is now being called the North Complex West Zone and was formerly referred to as the Bear Fire. As of Friday evening, the west zone has consumed 70,500 acres with 5% containment. It's part of the North Complex Fire, which flared up around 10 a.m. Tuesday due to strong northern winds, the U.S. Forest Service Plumas National Forest division said.

    The North Complex Fire, which sparked mid-August from a lightning strike, has burned 252,173 acres and is 23% contained, as of Friday night. The wildfire ignited in Plumas County last month and then spread to Yuba and Butte counties after windy conditions Tuesday caused the blaze to flare up.

    Cal Fire said about 82 structures -- including 44 homes -- have been destroyed and 10 structures have been damaged in the North Complex West Zone. The fire is threatening more than 23,300 structures.

    DEATHS AND MISSING
    Deaths in the wildfire were first reported Wednesday, when Honea said three people were killed in the blaze. Two bodies were found in the same location and the third victim was found in another location.

    One of those victims has been identified as 77-year-old Millicent Catarancuic. Her body was found on Wednesday near a vehicle at Graystone Lane and Coyote Road in Berry Creek.

    On Thursday, officials found the remains of six people.

    One victim was identified as 16-year-old Josiah Williams. Honea said the teen was trying to evacuate when he died. Other members of the family were able to escape. Family said Josiah was "one of the kindest souls."

    The sheriff's office got 151 calls for welfare checks or attempt to locate after the fire spread into the county. Honea said 123 people have been located, 19 are still unaccounted for and the other nine are presumed dead.

    Several people were injured after being trapped by the fire during the overnight hours from Tuesday to Wednesday. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Sean Norman said firefighters were rescuing a lot of people.

    "We were rescuing people most of the night. We had several critical burn injuries of civilians we were able to rescue and bring into the fire station and then get them off the hill," Norman said.

    EVACUATIONS IN PLACE
    This week's flare-up made the fire move in a southwestern direction, prompting evacuations in Plumas, Yuba and Butte counties, the Forest Service said.

    Plumas County

    La Porte
    Little Grass Valley Reservoirs (including residents, campgrounds and recreational facilities off Little Grass Valley Road west of Quincy La Porte Road).
    Bucks Lake from Bucks Lake Road at the Plumas/Butte county line to Bucks Lake at Big Creek Road.
    Butte County

    You can use this map to show where active evacuation orders are for Butte County.
    Yuba County (evacuees will not be able to travel north from Yuba County)

    Clipper Mills
    Along the northern Yuba County border from Strawberry Valley to Forbestown and south to Rackerby and Brownsville-Challenge all the way over the upper portion of Bullards Bar Reservoir.
    Evacuation Centers

    Gridley Fairgrounds, located at 199 E. Hazel St. in Gridley.
    Dobbins Alcouffe Center, 9185 Marysville Road in Oregon House.
    Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds, 442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City.
    BATTLING THE BLAZE

    Firefighters will continue to strengthen containment lines, create new fires
    lines and extinguish hot spots to prevent further spread of the flames, Cal Fire said Friday night.

    "The weather continues to work in the firefighters favor with decreased winds, lower temperatures, and higher humidities, allowing crews to aggressively fight fire and develop further containment lines," Cal Fire said in an incident report Friday night. "However the lack of visibility continues to be a factor, as heavy smoke in the area of the fire hampers the ability of aircraft to fight the fire from above."

    The wildfire entered Butte County Tuesday afternoon "driven by high winds, heavy fuels, and steep terrain," Cal Fire said.

    "An 8-mile wide fire front bore down on northeastern Butte County burning over 67,000 acres," the incident report said.

    Firefighters spent Tuesday and Wednesday working to save lives and help with evacuations.

    "Firefighters rescued more than 100 residents throughout the day and overnight as the fire did major damage to the communities of Berry Creek, Feather Falls, Brush Creek and others, and continues to be a threat to surrounding areas, including the city of Oroville," Cal Fire said in the update. "This fire has only been burning for the last four days and is still very active, now more than ever is the time to be vigilant."

    Norman said Wednesday that firefighters worked all night Tuesday.

    "It was a long night. We battled in here all night. We had about a 15-mile wide firefront come down into all of these communities. We had, at times, 200-foot wall of fire come through here," Norman said Wednesday. "[It] destroyed a lot of homes here, trapped a lot of people."

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