New Death Toll Makes Camp Fire Deadliest in State History

Frederick Owens
November 14, 2018

"I don't really want to politicize our efforts right now", Osby said. "He just went above and beyond".

Overnight fire services have made progress in containing the blaze but they warned that gusty winds predicted for Monday morning could cause "explosive fire behaviour". As one major freeway reopened, another was closed.

He said officials were moving resources and preparing for "the next set of fires" as winds are expected to pick up.

At least two people have been killed and 370 homes have been destroyed in the fires that erupted last week west of downtown Los Angeles.

Celebrities whose coastal homes were damaged or destroyed in a Southern California wildfire or were forced to flee from the flames expressed sympathy and solidarity with less-famous people hurt worse by the state's deadly blazes, and gave their gratitude to firefighters who kept them safe. The blaze started Thursday night and pushed toward Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, prompting evacuations in Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura Hills and other nearby areas.

Over July and August in 2000, 13 people die as dozens of fires burn in six states - California, Idaho, Florida, Nevada, Montana and Wyoming.

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.

Statewide, 150,000 people have been displaced as more than 8,000 fire crews battle wildfires that have scorched almost 1,040 square kilometres of land, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive. "We know that there was a massive loss of life with these fires as we're hearing from the Sheriff's Office and so we're here to help and provide closure for families".

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"These are extreme conditions". "If there is a fire in your neighborhood do not wait for an evacuation order - leave".

The fire in the north of the state, known as Camp fire, has been the deadliest and it is there that Forrest's footage was filmed.

Surviving Malibu mansions stood in stark contrast to an utterly blackened landscape. Authorities confirmed her death late Friday. Those fatalities added to California's growing wildfire-related death toll. On Sunday, the monstrous fire was 25 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

The fires are now among the largest in California history.

Eric Bartelink, co-director of the Chico university's Human Identification Lab, said his team frequently conducts searches of fire scenes and for buried bodies, but rarely so close to home.

The Camp Fire has scorched more than 108,000 acres of land in Northern California, while the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles has burned roughly 83,275 acres.

Early Nov. 11, on Veterans Day while in France, Trump returned to his earlier focus, writing: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

The CCF Wildfire Relief Foundation works to help victims in the aftermath of a fire with finding new homes, getting their lives back together, and emotional support. "And that's what hurts, those kinds of things hurt because you can't replace that".

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