Lady Gaga Volunteers At Red Cross Shelter For Wildfire Victims

Brenda Watkins
November 14, 2018

Paradise, which is home to many elderly retirees and has experienced an unusually dry fall, was virtually razed to the ground by the fast-moving "Camp Fire" blaze.

Northern California's Camp Fire has become the deadliest fire in the state's history, claiming at least 42 lives and covering almost 200 square miles.

Search teams in Butte County have recovered the remains of 29 people; a lot of them were found inside burned-out homes in and around the town of Paradise, or in cars that were overwhelmed by fire as locals desperately tried to outrun the fast-moving flames.

Meanwhile, authorities in California have moved to set up a rapid DNA-analysis system and bring in cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and more search teams to the Paradise area.

This fire has become the state's deadliest as more than 52,000 people have been evacuated and 1,385 are in shelters due to the Camp Fire.

People have been using social media to share images of their lost animals around the internet, in the hope of finding them. Of those cases, 231 individuals had turned up safe, he said.

Authorities said on Monday evening that they found the bodies of 13 more victims, increasing the death toll from 29 tallied over the weekend.

Late season tropical wave strengthening near Lesser Antilles
The current tropical wave is another reminder that the 2018 Hurricane Season isn't over for Sebastian and Vero Beach. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance that is located east of the Leeward Islands.

With gusty winds overnight challenging firefighters further, many are left with an agonising wait to see whether their home withstands the flames.

The satellite images above show the area ravaged by the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California over the last six days. Battling the blaze are 5,100 firefighters, some from Washington state and Texas, backed by more than 600 fire engines and 21 helicopters, Cal Fire said.

The Camp fire up north was 35 percent contained, Cal Fire officials said Tuesday.

By Monday night, the Camp fire was about 30 percent contained. Wildlife and household pets' lives are also at risk as the flames continue to spread across California.

'Sadly, with these winds, it's not over yet, ' Scott Jalbert, chief of Cal Fire's San Luis Obispo Unit, said Sunday morning.

Some evacuees in Malibu, a seaside community whose residents include a number of Hollywood celebrities, were allowed to return home but were left without power or cellphone service.

California has endured two of the worst wildfire seasons in its history over the past couple of years, a situation experts attribute in large part to prolonged drought across much of the Western United States.

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