Camp Fire death toll now at 48, worst in state history

Sheila Mcguire
November 14, 2018

Before and after images across the community show the extent of its destruction.

"America's Newsroom" spoke to a woman who evacuated from Paradise, California, just moments before a raging wildfire scorched the Northern California town.

The bodies of some of the Camp Fire victims were found in burned-out wreckage of vehicles that were overrun by walls of fire as evacuees tried to flee, only to be trapped in deadly knots of traffic gridlock on Thursday night.

A landowner near where the blaze began said PG&E notified her the day before the wildfire that crews needed to come onto her property because some wires were sparking.

Firefighters are now bracing for the return of the Santa Ana winds, which threaten to fuel the vast Woolsey blaze stretching from north of Los Angeles to the Pacific coast, which is at 35 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

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The Camp Fire in Butte County destroyed more than 130,000 acres since last week, burning thousands of homes in the town of Paradise.

In the wake of the devastating Camp Fire, sheriff's deputies and officials from the coroner's office have been searching charred homes that have been too hot for body-sniffing dogs.

The fire, which has forced the evacuation of 52,000 people and forced 1,385 into shelters, has burned 130,000 acres - more than 203 square miles - and is 35 percent contained. "Stay strong all." Liam added a link to the Malibu Foundation, which was "created to support the community of Malibu and its neighbors as they work to rebuild after the Woolsey Fire".

'Sadly, with these winds, it's not over yet, ' Scott Jalbert, chief of Cal Fire's San Luis Obispo Unit, said Sunday morning.

Winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour have been fanning the fast-moving flames and no rainfall is forecast for the next few days. It has burned more than 8,800 structures, Cal Fire officials said.

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Meanwhile, Donald Trump blamed California state policies for the deadly fires, tweeting that they're a result of "gross mismanagement of the forests".

The declaration provides for federal assistance to aid state firefighting and recovery efforts in the counties of Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles.

"And this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years", Brown said. "And unfortunately, the best science is telling us that dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they're going to intensify".

Over the weekend, the Woolsey Fire engulfed parts of Thousand Oaks, where a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday.

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