Grim search for more fire victims, 31 dead across California

Esequiel Farfan
Noviembre 13, 2018

Neil Young, Gerard Butler and Miley Cyrus are among the celebrities whose homes have been destroyed by the deadly wildfires in California that has claimed the lives of at least 31 people and forced hundreds of thousands of residents to flee, U.S. media reports said Monday. So far, more than 40 people have been killed, making it the deadliest wildfire in US history. The Woolsey fire killed two and damaged homes near the famous Malibu beach.

Both fires, as well as the Hill Fire which broke out close to Thousand Oaks -the city hit by a deadly mass shooting on Wednesday - continue to rage, with gusty winds making it hard for firefighters to bring the blaze under-control.

Larger wildfires - though also strongly influenced by weather and human manipulation of the land - are a well-understood effect of climate change.

The fires have displaced more than 224,000 people, officials said.

PG&E has said it experienced a problem on an electrical transmission line near the site of the massive fire, minutes before the blaze broke out. The death toll stood at 25, as the blaze continued to ravage both ends of the state.

The blaze has consumed around 85,500 acres, destroyed at least 177 buildings and was 15 percent contained, Cal Fire said.

A fire burns at the Salvation Army Camp on November 10, 2018 in Malibu, California.

Lady Gaga and members of the Kardashian family said they were forced to evacuate their homes because of the Woolsey Fire, which authorities said has destroyed more than 370 structures.

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Officials in Northern California released another grim statistic in a wildfire that is achieving heartbreaking records: 29 people have died in and around Paradise, matching the deadliest wildfire in state history.

As well as the historic loss of life, the blaze is also more destructive than any other on record, having razed 6,500 homes in the town of Paradise, effectively wiping it off the map.

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Winds of up to 64 km per hour were forecast to blow in the north and gusts of up to 113 kph, the so-called Santa Ana "devil wind", were expected in Southern California. This, in combination with low humidity, was expected to create the flawless conditions for fires to spread.

Mr Trump previously blamed "poor" forest management for the fires.

She and her husband lost their house of 41 years and its possessions.

President Donald Trump on Monday approved a major disaster declaration for California at the request of Governor Jerry Brown, hastening the availability of federal emergency assistance to fire-stricken regions of the state.

Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea said that 228 people remained unaccounted for since the fire mostly incinerated the foothill town of 27,000 people on Thursday. He said it "is much less due to bad management and is instead the result of our baking of our forests, woodlands and grasslands with ever-worsening climate change".

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