Fire chief urges California residents to heed evacuation alerts

12 November, 2018, 13:30 | Author: Regina Boyd
  • 25 dead, homes destroyed in California wildfires

Of the nine confirmed fatalities, five were found inside cars that were overwhelmed by flames, three outside residences, and one inside a home,

In Southern California, two deaths were reported from the Woolsey and Hill fires.

Firefighters took advantage of a brief calm overnight to make headway against the multiple blazes, but conditions were expected to be hellish on Sunday with winds reaching as high as 110km/h.

Hundreds of kilometres to the south, at least two people died in the Woolsey blaze, which is threatening the wealthy beach community of Malibu, near Los Angeles. Four search and recovery teams are now combing through the remains of Paradise and a mobile DNA lab has been dispatched. By early afternoon, one of the two black hearses stationed in Paradise had picked up another set of remains. Her fellow Charmed alum Alyssa Milano updated that her house was not burned down.

Meanwhile, a nurse has revealed how she thought she was going to die when her auto was engulfed in flames as she tried to drive to safety.

Bechtold posted a flyer on social media, pinned it to bulletin boards at shelters and showed her picture around to evacuees, asking if anyone recognized her. He ran across a few of Caddy's neighbors, but they hadn't seen her.

"I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires and grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones", Lady Gaga said in a tweet.

On Friday she posted an image of billowing smoke with the image: "Our house is somewhere in there".

"When you're in this position, you're homeless", Denise Pepper said. I probably spent from the time I got off of work here, watching six hours of consecutive LA news because there was a mandatory evacuation for the house we are now living in as well as my parents.

The entire nearby city of Calabasas, home to more than 20,000 people, was placed under a mandatory evacuation order by city officials on Sunday evening.

Another 35 people were reported missing, McLean said. "Heartbreaking time across California".

"California is vulnerable-not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think", Young said.

"This weighs heavy on all of us", Honea said.

"This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal".

"And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we're now witnessing, and will continue to witness in the coming years", he said.

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Statewide, 150,000 remained displaced as more than 8,000 fire crews battled wildfires that have scorched 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometers), with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive.

Gerard Butler has revealed that his home in Malibu has been destroyed in the California wildfires.

Some of the worst wildfires in California history have killed at least 31 people and left thousands of others homeless.

"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", said Cal Fire Captain Scott McLean.

"More than 2,000 personnel have been sent to fight the Camp Fire, which is predicted to be fully contained by November 30", Patel wrote in the NASA update.

But Cal Fire spokesman Bill Murphy warned that gusty winds predicted into Monday morning could spark "explosive fire behavior".

About 300,000 people statewide were under evacuation orders, a lot of them in Southern California.

The Woolsey Fire in Ventura County has now affected more than 83,000 acres with 10% of the fire contained. But the strong, dry Santa Ana winds that blow from the interior toward the coast returned after a one-day lull, fanning the flames.

Governor Jerry Brown asked US President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster to bolster the emergency response and help residents recover.

Drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change, and the building of homes deeper into forests have led to longer and more destructive wildfire seasons in California.

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One of the Northern California fire's victims was an ailing woman whose body was found in bed in a burned-out house in Concow, near Paradise.

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Breeding said Walker's husband was at work and called a neighbor to tell his wife to evacuate, but she was on medication and might not have been alert. "He's having a hard time accepting", Breeding said.



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