California wildfire death toll reaches record as six more bodies found

Clay Curtis
November 13, 2018

Its death toll now equals that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California. In Northern California, the Camp Fire killed 23 of those victims while the Woolsey Fire claimed two lives as it burned through Malibu in recent days. Some knew their homes were safe (for now) and waited for a chance to return.

Brown, who has declared a state emergency, said California is requesting aid from the Trump administration. Streisand wrote: "In a awful urban fire in Los Angeles, Trump shows his ignorance and lack of empathy by blaming forest management".

What is the latest on the Camp Fire?

The largest inferno - the so-called "Camp Fire" in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento - has destroyed 6,700 homes, business and other buildings in the town of Paradise, effectively wiping it off the map.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the county consulted teams of anthropologists because, in some cases, investigators have been able to recover only bones and bone fragments.

Another 228 remain unaccounted for as crews stepped up the search for bodies and missing people. Much of what makes the city function is gone. She tried to get him to a shelter, but he said he was fine sleeping in his vehicle. "Because I know the toll it takes on loved ones". Sad we lost our home but grateful that my family is safe.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", Trump tweeted, threatening to withdraw federal support. On Sunday, the monstrous fire was 25 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

- Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) November 10, 2018INFERNO: Aerial view shows an extensive amount of land the Woolsey Fire is burning.

The blaze started on Thursday near Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64km) north-west of central Los Angeles.

Devastating images taken of the town consisting of roughly 27,000 residents depicted destroyed homes and roads dotted with charred vehicles.

The smaller Hill Fire covered 4,531 acres and was 75 per cent contained. Authorities said they have reports of 110 people still missing in the area affected by the blaze.

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Keegan Gibbs, 33, was crushed to find his childhood Malibu home had been consumed by flames.

Airplanes and helicopters swooped low over hills and canyons to drop loads of fire retardant and water. Officials warned gusts would peak at around 40 miles per hour.

"Winds are already blowing".

Berkeley and his wife, Robyn Berkeley, choked back tears as they recounted their ordeal holding back a 100-foot wall of flames and then repeatedly beating back hot spots that continued to flare up throughout the night and next day.

Meteorologist David Gomberg told the Los Angeles Times newspaper that fire tornadoes were possible.

What do the politicians say?

"We're at a pivotal point now", said another Cal Fire official, David Clark.

Trump's "ill-informed" tweet President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation.

Rice also said Trump's assertion that California's forest management policies are to blame "is dangerously wrong".

In a tweet on Saturday, he again accused state authorities of "gross mismanagement".

Mr Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrub, called Mr Trump's comments "inane and uninformed".

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