Gerard Butler documents loss of home in California wildfires on social media

Sheila Mcguire
November 12, 2018

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", Trump wrote Saturday on Twitter.

The grim task of recovering and identifying the victims of California's apocalyptic wildfires began on Sunday as officials raised the death toll to 25 with more than 100 people unaccounted for.

Actor Gerard Butler, one of the many celebrities who had to evacuate, shared a photo of his home, which was destroyed by the Woolsey Fire in southern California that started on Thursday.

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"Right now we have not been able to investigate the situation because the area hasn't been rendered safe yet", L.A. County Sheriff's Department Deputy Grace Medrano told NPR. "At this desperate time, we would encourage the president to offer support in word and deed, instead of recrimination and blame".

Sheriff Honea, who is also the county coroner, told the Associated Press that he had to add a fifth search-and-recovery team to help find bodies. Names of the victims have not been released.

The home for 22 years of Bengston and his wife, Ramona, was the only house on his block that burned.

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FEMA has already granted a state request for emergency aid. "Get Smart!" he tweeted on Sunday morning, echoing a criticism that he has frequently levelled at California officials and threatening to withhold federal money.

But fire officials say fire behavior has changed statewide after years of drought and record summer heat that have left vegetation extremely crisp and dry.

Evacuation orders have been issued to more than a quarter of a million people across California, with authorities urging residents not to ignore warnings to flee.

Brian Rice, the head of the California Professional Firefighters, slammed the tweet as "ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines".

In fire zones north and south, acrid smoke blanketed the sky.

On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 101 and headed into coastal areas. The severely burned bodies were discovered in a auto on a long residential driveway on a stretch of Mulholland Highway in Malibu, where most of the surrounding structures had burned. Check out musicforrelief.org/fire to make a donation to the first responders and firefighters now battling the wildfires.

Two people were also found dead in a wildfire in Southern California, where flames tore through Malibu mansions and working-class Los Angeles suburbs alike.

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"SpcaLA is headed to a staging area in Thousand Oaks, where DART members will report to Los Angeles County Incident Command".

She became emotional, looking at a canyon where her children had once played, now blackened by fire. They said fires could spread quickly and unexpectedly. "But there's nothing left to burn". A one-day lull in the dry, northeasterly winds ended Sunday morning and authorities warn that the gusts will continue through Tuesday.

About 300,000 people statewide were under evacuation orders, majority in Southern California.

The destructive wildfires are nowhere near extinguished and remain exceedingly risky.

Authorities are anxious that embers from the Woolsey Fire could reach unburnt buildings, spark new fires or add to the blaze, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

Two arrests were made for looting in Ventura County.

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