California wildfire death toll reaches record as six more bodies found

Leroy Wright
November 13, 2018

"It's a heartbreaking time across California but I am inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters". It matched California's record for deaths in a single fire.

Gov. Jerry Brown said he is requesting a major-disaster declaration from President Donald Trump that would make victims eligible for crisis counseling, housing and unemployment help, and legal aid.

"The fires in southern California are urban interface fires and have NOTHING to do with forest management", the association tweeted.

What is happening with the Camp Fire?

Authorities were also bringing in a DNA lab and encouraged people with missing relatives to submit samples to aid in identifying the dead after the blaze destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes.

A total of 29 bodies have been found so far from that fire, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news briefing Sunday evening.

Almost 230 people were still unaccounted for, he said.

The mayor of Paradise, Jody Jones, gave the BBC an update on the situation in the town. She said, "Our house made it!" "I had an opportunity to go up there and take a look for myself". Sad we lost our home but grateful that my family is safe.

The Camp Fire in Northern California has killed 23 people and burned 108,000 acres.

On Monday, after driving a winding road across charred slopes and past smoldering ruins of other houses in Decker Canyon, Rasmussen wrapped Berkeley in a bear hug of thanks after finding their two houses still standing untouched by fire.

The blaze started on Thursday near Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64km) north-west of central Los Angeles.

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Forrest's home is one of thousands of buildings destroyed. It is only 10% contained. That wildfire was 70 percent contained and consumed 4,531 acres with two structures destroyed and no other structures threatened. Authorities said they have reports of 110 people still missing in the area affected by the blaze.

The reality TV star posted an aerial view of her home in flames on Instagram and wrote: "Sadly my house couldn't be saved".

In Southern California, firefighters beat back a new round of winds Sunday and the fire's growth and destruction are believed to have been largely stopped. The winds are expected to remain through Tuesday.

He has also nurtured the state's cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emissions program and signed laws that compel utilities to use more renewable energy sources.

"Winds are already blowing".

They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze. The Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles has killed at least two and has scorched 83,275 acres.

What do the politicians say?

"We are not in the evacuation zone but I don't like it", said Smith in an Instagram story on Friday as he showed the fire visibly burning over the hills from outside his home.

Celebrities also criticised Mr Trump's unsympathetic reaction, with California-born singer Katy Perry called it an "absolutely heartless response".

On Sunday, during a trip to France, he tweeted: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

"Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".

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