California wildfires deadliest in state's history

Angelo Anderson
November 14, 2018

President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for California Monday, which will allow access to federal funding and other resources to help those affected by the fires.

"Tell the kids that I love them and to check on my dad", she added.

Paradise, which is home to many retirees and has experienced an unusually dry fall, was virtually razed to the ground by the fast-moving "Camp Fire" blaze. I want to recover as many remains as we possibly can, as soon as we can.

The fires have killed 31 people as of Monday morning. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading wildfire has ripped through the town of Paradise, charring 18,000 acres and destroying dozens of homes in a matter of hours. As of Monday night, almost half of the evacuation centers in Chico, Oroville and nearby towns were at capacity.

The "Camp Fire", which erupted on Thursday, has ravaged 50,585 hectares of land and is 30 per cent contained, according to Cal Fire. The fire has also claimed the homes of some noteworthy celebrities. "It was a fire storm, the worse I've ever seen it, I've fought a lot of fires at my house".

The maps: NASA's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis team has created maps to show the areas most likely to be damaged by the fires.

Full information about evacuations and road closures is listed on the Cal Fire pages for the Camp fire and the Woolsey fire.

It was 35 percent contained as of Tuesday.

The Woolsey Fire has burned at least 93,00 acres and destroyed around 435 structures, according to the latest Cal Fire update. CalFire said 57,000 structures were still in harm's way from the Woolsey Fire. A National Weather Service meteorologist noted that rains weren't expected to come to the area until Thanksgiving next week. "Firefighters actively fought the fire and worked aggressively".

There are almost 3,600 fire personnel fighting the Woolsey fire.

"We had to drive toward the smoke and fire to get away", she said.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fires.

Two people fleeing the Woolsey Fire in Malibu have been reported dead. A spokeswoman for the California Public Utilities Commission tells the station that it will incorporate those reports into its investigation.

In June, the California forestry agency blamed 12 wildfires on downed power lines owned by utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric.

Authorities are employing 10 DNA lab trucks to identify victims, as well as two teams of anthropologists from California State University, Chico to help in cases where only bone fragments were found.

With the death toll reaching 31 and 228 people still missing, the massive Camp Fire in the northern part of the state and the Woolsey and Hill blazes to the south have together wiped out 200,000 acres and thousands of buildings and homes.

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