Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

250,000 flee raging wildfires across California

With California's Raging Fires, Fear And Devastation President Trump threatens to withhold federal payments to Calif. because of 'poor' forest management
| 12 November, 2018, 12:08

As of Saturday, the Camp Fire had destroyed almost 7,000 structures in and around the mountain town of Paradise and has been blamed for most of the last week's fire deaths.

The revised death toll means the disaster has matched the deadliest wildfire on record in Californian history.

Actor Martin Sheen, briefly reported missing by his actor son Charlie, was also forced to evacuate. Authorities called in a DNA lab and teams of anthropologists to help identify victims.

More than 3,200 personnel are involved in the firefighting effort.

Brown said, "forest management is one element - it's only one".

Young then blasted President Donald Trump as "unfit leader" for blaming California's fires on "gross mismanagement of the forests", and threatening to withdraw federal funds.

State officials have blamed climate change and said numerous burn areas have been in federally managed lands.

"We lost 10,000 Christmas trees that were 2 to 10 years old", Joe Benoit said to the Los Angeles Times.

In Southern California, firefighters beat back a new round of winds Sunday and the fire's growth and destruction are believed to have been largely stopped.

The "Woolsey Fire" swept through hills around Malibu, north of Los Angeles, destroying thousands of homes.

"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.

As Los Angeles fire chief Daryl Osby took the podium, strong gusts swirled smoke, ash and dust through grey skies.


The fires that roared through Northern California in October 2017 claimed more than 40 lives and were followed by another set of devastating blazes further south.

Ventura county is also the location of a mass shooting this week that killed 12 people.

Sheriff Honea said the human remains recovered on Sunday included five bodies found in properties and one in a vehicle in Paradise.

The devastation was so complete in some neighborhoods that "it's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there", Honea said. Much of what makes the city function is gone.

But the tweet sparked fierce condemnation from the International Association of Fire Fighters. He said at least 36 firefighters lost their own homes, most in the Paradise area. "It doesn't seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor", Kardashian West said. You risk your lives for us, and I'm so humbled by your bravery.

Others continued the desperate search for friends or relatives, calling evacuation centers, hospitals, police and the coroner's office. She lived alone and did not drive.

"I'm also under a dark emotional cloud".

"LA is a pretty great place but if fires are all we have to deal with, you know, we're lucky", Rules of Engagement actor Oliver Hudson told the AP at a charity event in Culver City. But she said she always feared a wildfire since she moved there 15 years ago, especially during recent years in which there's been nearly no rain. The Woolsey and Hill fires in Ventura County and parts of Los Angeles County had burned through more than 87,000 acres and killed two people. The Camp Fire currently swarms across Butte County in Northern California has now burned through more than 109,000 acres and is 25% contained, according to Google Crisis Response. "They won't let us in the area", Milano wrote Saturday morning local time, before adding, "There are no words for this kind of devastation".

It has been more than 210 days since the area received half an inch or more of rain, making it easy for spot fires to spread to fresh patches of tinder-dry vegetation, fire officials said on Sunday.

The chief warned that fire conditions will continue until the parched state sees rain.

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

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