Crews battle California blazes, including state's most destructive

11 November, 2018, 07:14 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise Calif. on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire near the town of Paradise has grown to almost 110 square miles.

Police officer and resident Mark Bass described the apocalyptic scenes, saying: 'We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road'. Approximately 15,000 residents had been evacuated.

"We've been in rescuer mode of saving (human) lives and saving animals, and we're still doing that, but we're also doing fire suppression work as well now", Tidwell said. Forecasts predict continued windy and dry conditions through the weekend, particularly in the northern part of the state, paired with low humidity, a lack of precipitation, and dry vegetation, which are expected to make fire danger worse in some of California's most populated areas.

"I nearly feel like that's why a lot of guys are jumping on this is, because we want to go and just kind of be able show our support, show we're still willing and this is what we do", Garner said. He said seven people were found in homes, and three were outside.

It is feared some of the dead may be elderly residents who were trapped in their homes.

"They come every year and they call them the "devil winds".

Caitlyn Jenner marked herself as safe but said the fate of her home is "up in the air".

'We never heard from them again, ' Ms Lee said. I've linked to both of them and provided descriptions below. Studies have said wildfires often start due to extremely dry conditions, such as droughts that are spurred by climate change.

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Even so, TV reports show homes, palm trees and even power poles erupting in flames.

Officials said the fire has destroyed 6,453 homes and another 260 commercial structures and has grown to 404 square kilometers. At least six people were killed, five of them in their vehicles, as they sought to escape the fire.

Representatives for Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who was elected on Tuesday to replace Jerry Brown, could not immediately be reached for comment.

State officials put the total number of people forced from their homes at about 250,000.

Scores of houses from ranch homes to celebrities' mansions were burned down by a pair of wildfires which burned in famously ritzy coastal spots such as Malibu, where celebrities Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Guillermo del Toro and Martin Sheen were among those forced out of their homes amid a citywide evacuation order. An unspecified number of homes were destroyed there, according to local media.

The president also threatened to withhold federal payments, just hours after he issued an emergency declaration to give funds to help firefighters tackle three blazes across the state.

In the south, flames leapt and raged from Thousand Oaks south through the northwestern San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles and appeared headed toward the Pacific Ocean.

A former U.S. Marine combat veteran opened fire in a bar packed with college students in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, killing 12 people in an incident that stunned a bucolic community with a reputation for safety.

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