Here's how you can help those affected by the California wildfires

Lester Mason
November 12, 2018

Not a single resident of Paradise, California, can be seen anywhere in town after a lot of them fled the Northern California community that may be lost forever. The Camp Fire is 5% percent contained while the Woolsey Fire remains uncontrolled.

By Saturday, fire officials said the Hill fire, which is just over 4,500 acres, was 25% contained but the larger Woolsey fire was still surging.

More than 8,000 firefighters in all battled three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometres) in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews arriving.

"The magnitude of destruction we have seen is really unbelievable and heartbreaking and our hearts go to everybody who has been affected by this", said Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Saturday 14 additional bodies were found, bringing the death toll to 23.

"I don't have all of the details because we have investigators out on the field" trying to reach the locations where casualties were reported, Honea told reporters.

Sheriff's officials said earlier that five people were found dead in vehicles that were torched by flames in the same area in the town of Paradise.

Trump took a more empathetic tone later in the day, tweeting sympathies for firefighters, people who have fled their homes and the families of those killed by the flames.

"They'll be acting as back fill for local fire departments", Davila said.

Residents who escaped Paradise posted harrowing videos to social media as they drove through tunnels of swirling smoke and orange flames to outrun the wildfire.

It has also destroyed an estimated 6,700 structures, an incident report by Cal Fire said.

Three-quarters of the city of 130,000 was under evacuation orders - and that likely included people affected by the shooting, Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox said. The fire spread so fast and so furiously that hard-pressed firefighters couldn't be everywhere at once. "All of it is engulfed in flames right now".

Although the fatalities overshadowed any loss of property, Malibu's fame inevitably called attention to the state of its multimillion-dollar homes, including one made famous in ABC's reality dating series "The Bachelor".

California has endured abnormally dry weather for years.

Trump tweeted Saturday that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California". "We do not want any more lives lost". "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

Wildfire raged on both sides of the city still in mourning, where about three-quarters of the population are under evacuation orders that officials urged them to heed.

The wildfire destroyed Paramount Ranch, a movie set for cowboy shows including HBO'S Westworld, officials said.

Los Angeles County fire strike teams and water dropping aircraft were working to contain the flames on or around the Malibu campus, according to a statement from the school. Three more were found outside a residence, and one inside a house.

"We pretty much had enough time to get the dogs in the trunk". Much of the northern two-thirds of the state, including where the fire is burning, is abnormally dry, according to a USA government analysis.

Lady Gaga announced that she was evacuated from her home in Malibu. About 250,000 homes are under evacuation orders across the region. "I'm devastated by all that's happening", she said.

Actor Martin Sheen, briefly reported missing by his actor son Charlie, was also forced to evacuate.

"We're fine, we're at Zuma Beach and we're probably going to sleep in the auto tonight", Martin Sheen told Fox News 11, addressing his adult children.

"We knew Paradise was a prime target for forest fire over the years", he said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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