Image of the Week - California Wildfires

16 November, 2018, 15:11 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • After devastating loss of life and property here comes another hit from California wildfires

The death toll in Northern California's Camp fire rose once again on Thursday to 63 as rescue workers continue to search through the devastation left by the state's deadliest blaze in history, authorities said.

"You have to understand, this is a dynamic list", Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said Thursday evening.

Honea said the number of those missing was likely to fluctuate as people call in to report loved ones unaccounted for or found alive.

Almost all of Paradise, including nearly 9,000 homes and other buildings, were incinerated on Thursday after the blaze erupted, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

The latest blazes have capped a pair of calamitous wildfire seasons in California that scientists largely attribute to prolonged drought they say is symptomatic of climate change. As of now, 56 are dead and 297 people are missing.

The White House said President Donald Trump, who has blamed the fires on "gross mismanagement of the forest", would travel to California on Saturday to meet with victims and review the damage.

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"The ultimate goal is to get these people out of tents, out of their cars and into warm shelter, into homes", said Jessica Busick, who was among the first volunteers when she and her husband started serving free food from their Truckaroni food truck last week.

The fire is now 40 percent contained but 50,000 people remain under evacuation orders.

As cellphone service went down, authorities went into neighbourhoods with bullhorns to tell people to leave, and that effort saved lives.

"We didn't have any time to react", he said. Portable toilets were also brought in. "There are more evacuees, more people running out of money for hotels". "The news didn't even know the fire was coming".

The crash happened just before 12:30 a.m. along Pacific Coast Highway near Deer Creek Road, an area that remains under investigation.

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