In fact, the inferno caused somewhere between $7.5 and $10 billion in property damage alone. Flames claimed close to 19,000 structures in all, including many businesses and homes. But although that was no doubt a crushing blow for many, the most heavily felt loss was that of lives.
An estimated 88 people died during the Camp Fire, and a further 17 were injured, including five first responders. Furthermore, Californians aren’t just reeling from the human casualties. The blaze swept animals up in its rapid spread, too.
Social media is full of groups and accounts dedicated to finding pets that might have survived the Camp Fire. In many cases, the disaster spread so quickly that pet owners couldn’t return home in time to save their furbabies. Take the Copsey family, for instance.