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Camp Fire Preliminary Reconnaissance



Alexander Maranghides, William Mell, Steven Hawks, Eric D. Link, Christopher U. Brown, Cartier P. Murrill, Erin Ashley


The Camp Fire started in the early morning of November 8, 2018 in vegetative fuels to the northeast of Concow, California. Concow is an unincorporated community and census-designated place of primarily residential with a population of 762 in the Sierra Nevada foothills in eastern Butte County. Strong winds pushed the fire to Concow then to Paradise, California. Paradise is a town in Butte County, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills above the northeastern Sacramento Valley. As of the July 1, 2018 census, the town population was 26,682. The Camp Fire destroyed and damaged over 19000 structures and resulted in 86 civilian fatalities and three fire fighter injuries. NIST deployed a team to conduct an initial reconnaissance of the Camp Fire. The primary objective of the reconnaissance was to determine if the Camp Fire offered potentially unique data that, if collected and analyzed, could provide new technical insight into the US WUI fire problem.
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 2105
Report Number


Camp Fire , WUI fires, WUI, NCST, Reconnaissance


Maranghides, A. , Mell, W. , Hawks, S. , Link, E. , Brown, C. , Murrill, C. and Ashley, E. (2020), Camp Fire Preliminary Reconnaissance, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 22, 2024)
Created August 26, 2020, Updated August 27, 2020