31 dead, 250000 evacuated in California fires as Governor blames climate change

13 November, 2018, 10:14 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams looked for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 42 - making it the deadliest in state history - as anxious relatives visited shelters and called police hoping to find loved ones alive. The death toll is expected to rise, but for now it is equal to the deadliest fire in California history.

At least two have died in Southern California's Woolsey fire, and hundreds of thousands of residents have been displaced.

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.

Last week, firefighters in southern California raced to save the lives of victims of a mass shooting. In the current blazes, it was virtually destroyed.

His home in Sylmar, Calif., in the San Fernando Valley, is about 12 kilometres from West Hills, one of the areas evacuated due to the Woolsey fire that is threatening homes north of Los Angeles.

"Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives", he wrote. She posted a video to Instagram on Sunday night to share that her estate remained unscathed.

These claims were swiftly rebutted by firefighters and researchers alike, who claim that forest management is only one component in mitigating the impacts of wildfires, particularly in California, as the state deals with record-breaking drought and other impacts from the changing climate.

A series of wildfires in Northern California's wine country last fall killed 44 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes. Meaning: The hot dry air literally sucks the moisture out of the ground and out of vegetation.


Five people burned to death in their homes, while another person was found scorched in a vehicle on Sunday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters.

Officials also said it could take weeks to fully contain the deadly wildfires raging across Northern and Southern California.

Together with the smaller Hill fire, which spans 4,531 acres, the Woolsey fire has so far destroyed 179 structures, but fire officials say another 57,000 are threatened.

The blazes left behind scenes of utter ruin, with homes and businesses reduced to charred wreckage and the winds also spreading large amounts of ash.

The fire, on its fifth day Monday, has burned at least 85,500 acres and was 15 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Jimmy Clements, who stayed at his home as the Camp Fire raged through Paradise, Calif., leans against his fence, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. Ten of the bodies were found in the town of Paradise while four were discovered in the Concow area, both in Butte County. "Your house can be rebuilt but you can't bring your life back", said Chief Daryl Osby of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

If the fire comes within four to six kilometres of their home, his roommates will likely leave, he said.

"I know that a lot of you are feeling a lot of pain right now, and a lot of shock", she said.

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