California wildfires: Death toll rises to 31 with 200 missing

Mindy Sparks
November 12, 2018

The fire is the most destructive in the state's history and the joint deadliest.

Sheriff Honea, who is also the county coroner, told the Associated Press that he had to add a fifth search-and-recovery team to help find bodies.

The devastation was so complete in some neighborhoods that "it's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there", he said.

200,000 people under mandatory evacuation in southern California.

Camille Grammer Meyer, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, also lost her Malibu home entirely on Saturday night (local time), her publicist, Howard Bragman, said.

With strengthening winds threatening to spread the flames, state Governor Jerry Brown has urged President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster, a move that would harness more federal emergency funds. "And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we're now witnessing, and will continue to witness in the coming years". "I'm hoping one of them grabbed him and took him to shelter".

But on Sunday, officials were making arrangements to bring in a mobile DNA laboratory so that people with missing relatives could provide samples to help identify recovered remains. It has burned 105,000 acres, destroying the town of Paradise, and is about 20-percent contained, according to a Cal Fire update. Cal Fire spokesman Bill Murphy warned that gusty winds overnight and on Monday morning may fan the flames.

The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has killed at least two and destroyed 177 homes, including homes belonging to Neil Young, Robin Thicke and Gerard Butler.

"More than 2,000 personnel have been sent to fight the Camp Fire, which is predicted to be fully contained by November 30", Patel wrote in the NASA update.

But fire officials working in steep terrain that's hard to reach say they are short of crews and equipment, with many resources deployed in Northern California to fight the Camp Fire.

The home for 22 years of Bengston and his wife, Ramona, was the only house on his block that burned.

Luxury homes in Malibu and other beach communities are among properties that have fallen victim to the flames.

The Republican president has previously blamed California officials for fires and threatened to withhold funding, saying the state should do more to remove rotten trees and other debris that fuel blazes.

Firefighters used a respite from strong winds on Saturday to drop fire retardants to strengthen fire lines.

Rice also said California does not mismanage its forests, namely because 60 percent of the state's forests are federally-managed.

One of the Northern California fire's victims was an ailing woman whose body was found in bed in a burned-out house in Concow, near Paradise. "I'm anxious about my neighbours, Ed and Andrea", he said.

"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago".

"A fireman took him to the house to confirm", Breeding said.

So far, 23 people have reportedly been killed by the blazes.

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