Wildfires deadliest on record in California with 31 killed

14 November, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Sheriff's deputies recover the remains of a victim of the Camp Fire on Saturday in Paradise Calif

More than 8,000 firefighters have been battling the three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles of northern and southern California, with out-of-state crews arriving to help.

Several of the bodies discovered earlier this week were found in or near burned out cars, police have said.

The Woosley Fire, which is affecting residents in Ventura and Los Angeles, has burned through 83,275 acres and was only 10 percent contained.

The Camp Fire has claimed at least 29 lives since it broke out on Thursday, while at least two people have died in the Woolsey Fire threatening the wealthy beach community of Malibu, near Los Angeles.

Around 228 people are still unaccounted for, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters on Sunday evening. The so-called Camp fire that ravaged a swath of Northern California was the deadliest.

The Woolsey Fire has gutted Malibu mansions and suburban homes, with celebrities recording the devastation on social media. His Malibu home was destroyed. A one-day lull in the dry, northeasterly winds ended Sunday morning and authorities warn that the gusts will continue through Tuesday.

What's more, he said, most of the state's forests are managed by the federal government.

Climate change, Osby said, was undeniably a part of why the fires burning in northern and southern California were more devastating and destructive than in years past.

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The Camp Fire has ripped through 164 square miles, destroying more than 6,700 buildings, a lot of them family homes.

All told, an estimated 300,000 people statewide were under evacuation orders, a lot of them in Southern California.

Firefighters took advantage of a brief calm overnight to make headway against the multiple blazes, but conditions were expected to be hellish on Sunday with winds reaching as high as 110 kilometres an hour. But with strong winds projected through the beginning of the new week, containing the fire will be more hard.

Southern California fire crews therefore only had capacity to focus on saving lives and structures as the fire moved and were unable to work on containing the flames for three days.

But movie director Guillermo del Toro considers himself fortunate that the fires didn't cause even more damage to his property, which also serves as a shrine to horror movie history and is known as Bleak House. Streisand wrote: "In a awful urban fire in Los Angeles, Trump shows his ignorance and lack of empathy by blaming forest management". They said fires could spread quickly and unexpectedly.

Evan Westrub, spokesman for state Governor Jerry Brown, hit back, called Mr Trump's comments "inane and uninformed".

Nearly 6,000 miles away, President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew fierce criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation.

"Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that the dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they're going to intensify", he said.

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