Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea reported on Wednesday, September 9, that three bodies had been discovered and 12 people were still missing as the Bear Fire reenergized overnight. The death toll in this summer's fires has now risen to at least 11, as 28 major fires continue to rage across California. Over 64,000 people remain under evacuation orders on Wednesday, with around a third of these in Butte county. Further details on the individual fires can be found on the Cal Fire website.
Further spread of the fires is likely in the near term. An emergency response presence and localized transportation disruptions, namely road closures, should be anticipated in the affected areas.
Nearly 1000 wildfires have broken out in California since August 15, many of which were sparked by lightning and some have merged into larger conflagrations. Over 2.3 million acres (930,777 hectares) have been burned, the most in one year since record began in 1986. Recent high temperatures have fanned existing fires and sparked others across the state. Nearly 4000 structures have been damaged or destroyed across the state. Air quality in the region has also been significantly reduced due to the fires.
Those in the vicinity of the fires are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, anticipate possible transport disruption due to firefighting operations and road closures, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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