California wildfires: Fears of further damage as winds strengthen

12 November, 2018, 12:11 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
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Authorities have been forced to bring in a mobile DNA lab to help identify some of the victims.

Evacuation orders are being lifted in some Southern California fire areas, but the statewide death count from the California wildfires now stands at 25, making it tied for the deadliest fire in the state's history.

The Scottish star, well-known for his roles in the movies London Has Fallen and 300, has tweeted a photo of the burnt out shell of his Malibu home. "You don't know if she's safe". Hundreds of miles to the south, at least two people have died in the Woolsey conflagration threatening the wealthy beach community of Malibu, near Los Angeles.

Abbott announced that 200 firefighters with 55 fire engines from local departments across Texas, as well as teams from the Texas Forest Service at Texas A&M, will be deployed starting Monday morning.

The fire broke out in the Hill Canyon area on Thursday and spread quickly, jumping a major road and scorching thousands of acres of land.

For an immediate example, the Camp fire in the north, which devastated Paradise, has diverted resources that drier areas of southern California could once rely on for backup.

Many bodies recovered from the Camp Fire were found inside or near homes or in vehicles, officials said.

Actor Gerard Butler shared an image of his Malibu home on social media, which the Woolsey Fire in California has destroyed. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".

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He said that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were taking adequate measures to minimize civilian deaths. Aid agencies have long warned that fighting in Hodeidah risks escalating the country's dire humanitarian crisis.

Authorities are anxious that embers from the Woolsey Fire could reach unburnt buildings, spark new fires or add to the blaze, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

The flames also stretched into the suburb of Thousand Oaks, a city of 130,000 people that just a few days ago saw 12 people killed in a mass shooting at a country music bar.

More than 8,000 firefighters in all battled three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometers) in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive and gusty, blowtorch winds starting up again. "We're putting everything we've got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid", Brown said in the release. The smaller Hill Fire, nearby, has scorched 4,530 acres and is 75% 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.

The goal is to stamp out any new fires before they expand rapidly, and to continue to try to contain the Woolsey Fire, which has burned more than 83,000 acres, destroyed at least 150 houses and created a massive mandatory evacuation zone in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. "To those who have lost friends and family members, homes and businesses, know that the entire state is with you. And this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years", California Governor Jerry Brown told a news conference on Sunday.

Breeding said Walker's husband was at work and called a neighbour to tell his wife to evacuate, but she was on medication and might not have been alert.

The family assumed she'd made it out and were scouring shelters and rescue centers until authorities confirmed her death late Friday.

"Helping victims and fire relief efforts in our state should not be a partisan issue", he said.

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