California’s Camp Fire Deadliest In State History

The worst of the blazes was in northern California, where the number of people killed in that fire alone matched the toll in the deadliest wildfire on record in the state.

Crews are continuing to search for bodies in the smoldering ruins, with almost 230 people unaccounted for.

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.

The celebrity-shared reports of devastation and near-misses come as the death tolls from wildfires in northern and southern California continue to climb.

Colusa Police Sgt. Jarrod Hughes told KTXL that his Paradise home had been destroyed in the blaze, but that he had donned his uniform and returned to work once he got his son to safety.

On Friday it was reported that the Woolsey fire swept through the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, and the western town TV sets were turned to ashes.

Brian Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters, called Trump's statement "ill-timed" given the loss of life and ongoing search for missing people.

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

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Hot dry winds expected to blow until Tuesday whipped up the flames and heightened the urgency of evacuation orders, officials said. As of Sunday night, the fire had spread to 85,500 acres and was 15% contained.

Federal fire and weather data show the years with the most acres burned were generally a degree warmer than average.

Scientists who study fire agree and say both a changing climate as well as how people have managed forests has created a new environment for big fires to thrive.

Lady Gaga and members of the Kardashian family said they were forced to evacuate their homes because of the Woolsey Fire, which authorities said has destroyed more than 370 structures.

Crews on the scenes of the fires are combing through blackened ruins of homes. Ten of the bodies were found in the town of Paradise while four were discovered in the Concow area, both in Butte County.

"Winds are already blowing", Chief Daryl Osby of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said, urging residents to evacuate.

Some of the thousands of people forced from their homes were allowed to return, and authorities reopened US 101, a major freeway through the fire zone in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The area where Cal Fire said the blaze started, and where PG&E said sparks were detected on Ms Cowley's property is roughly the same, according to an AP reporter at the site.

"I know that a lot of you are feeling a lot of pain right now, and a lot of shock", she said. "It's really a new age of firefighting now", Spellman said on "Good Morning America".



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