Cal Fire posts 'damage map' with homes destroyed in North Complex

Cal Fire posts 'damage map' with homes destroyed in North Complex

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Cal Fire released a preliminary damage assessment map showing homes that were damaged or destroyed in the North Complex, a group of fires burning east of Chico.

The map displays home addresses and uses a scale to show the degree of damage, from affected (1-9%) to destroyed (more than 50%).

Call Fire will continue to add to the map as more homes impacted by the conflagration are identified.

"Field damage inspection is still ongoing and subject to change," Cal Fire said. "The points shown in this map are being updated regularly. Data is subject to change as information is gathered and verified."

A total of 1,887 structures have been destroyed in the blaze, according to Cal Fire officials.

The North Complex ignited in mid-August when a rash of thunder and lightning storms moved over Northern California, sparking hundreds of wildfires that have now burned nearly 3 million acres in California combined. The North Complex was 294,301 acres acres with 64% containment as of Wednesday morning.

The North Complex Fire in Northern California surprised fire officials by how quickly it spread after smoldering for weeks in a mostly unpopulated region.

Aided by strong winds, steep terrain and miles of dried out foliage, the fire quickly roared into Butte County on Sept. 8., extending toward Lake Oroville and the former burn site of the 2018 Camp Fire

This time, Paradise was spared. Smaller mountain communities such as Berry Creek and Feather Falls were quickly overwhelmed. Firefighters scrambled to rescue more than 100 people.

Amy Graff is the News Editor for SFGATE. Email her: agraff@sfgate.com.