Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

California wildfires leave several dead, force thousands to flee

California wildfires leave several dead, force thousands to flee

Officials and relatives held out hope that many of those unaccounted for were safe and simply had no cellphones or other ways to contact loved ones.

Officials said the bodies of five people were found in their burned-out homes and the sixth was found in a vehicle in northern California's Camp Fire, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters on Sunday evening.

On Saturday, Mr Trump tweeted: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor".

Also, the federal government manages close to 60 percent of the forests in the state, and most of the rest are privately owned by families, companies and Native American tribes.

Governor Brown's request to President Trump was aimed at bolstering the emergency response to what he called the "catastrophic" nature of the wildfires. "And those who say that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we're now witnessing and will continue to witness in the coming years".

The Paradise fire is one of three burning across more than 1,000 square kilometres of the Golden State.

Local power authorities have told state officials an outage occurred near the spot where the fire erupted, The Sacramento Bee reported, but there is still no official cause of the Camp Fire blaze. His Malibu home was destroyed.

Hollywood actor Gerard Butler returned to his home in Malibu to find that it has been completely destroyed by the wild fire now ripping through California. It crossed U.S. Highway 101 just a few miles east of Thousand Oaks, where 12 people died in a bar shooting Wednesday night.

Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen warned the rate by which the fire is spreading is "exponentially more" than has been seen in fires in years past.

In some neighborhoods "it's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there", Honea said.

Authorities were also bringing in a DNA lab and said officials would reach out to relatives who had registered their missing loved ones to aid in identifying the dead after the blaze destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes.

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Firefighters gained modest ground overnight against the blaze, which grew slightly to 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) from the day before but was 25 percent contained, up from 20 percent, according to state fire agency, Cal Fire.

What is the latest on the Camp Fire?

Only two Californian wildfires have claimed more lives - the most recent more than a quarter-century ago.

Fire officials are bracing for potentially more fires in Southern California's inland region as high winds and critically dry conditions were expected to persist into next week.

Looting was reported in the southern fire area and arrests were made, police reported. But it was devastating out here in Malibu.

Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, requested a presidential major disaster declaration, which would make the hardest-hit communities eligible for housing, unemployment and other support programmes and allow state and local governments to fix or replace fire-damaged facilities and infrastructure.

Drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change, and the building of homes deeper into forests have led to longer and more destructive wildfire seasons in California.

The wildfires raging across the state adds to what has already been one of the worst fire years in California - 621,743 acres have been destroyed, triple the five-year average.

This story was originally published Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. But she said she always feared a wildfire since she moved there 15 years ago, especially during recent years in which there's been nearly no rain.

Jon Tripp's house was one of them.

Authorities in the southern part of the state used to be able to rely on help from their counterparts up north around this time of the year, Osby said, when the threat of fire was much less prevalent in those communities.

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