Peninsula's Task Force 3 returns after Camp Fire

Forty-five member team searched through almost 2,000 structures

After a weeklong search for the victims of the Camp Fire, California Task Force 3 has been demobilized and returned to the Bay Area on Sunday, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District reported.

Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said 45 members of the task force, along with their two search dogs, searched almost 2,000 structures in Magalia, about 5 miles north of the town of Paradise.

"The team was honored to be there, but it's hard to feel completely finished with so many people still missing," Schapelhouman said in a news release. "Many feel like they're leaving a little piece of themselves behind."

The task force traveled from Butte County to the Teams Special Operations warehouse in East Palo Alto. Another group of firefighters dispatched to Butte County from San Francisco also returned home this week, according to the firefighters' union.

The Camp Fire in Northern California's Butte County was contained on Sunday morning at 153,336 acres, Cal Fire reported.


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Posted by Teresa
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm

Thank you for searching for the folks who did not survive.
I am so grateful for the members of task force 3 who do this work in aweful confitions to bring closure to those who have lost their loved ones. They are admired and valued. We hope they are now rested.

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