California fires: Authorities, relatives step up search for more than 100 missing

California fires: Authorities, relatives step up search for more than 100 missing

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea takes the podium at the 7:10 mark.

The blaze is "the deadliest wildland fire in California history", Honea said.

It is the largest of several infernos that have sent a quarter of a million people fleeing their homes across the tinder-dry state, with winds of up to 100kph fanning the fast-moving flames. In a tweet, he noted that tens of thousands of acres had been burned and said, "Our hearts are with those fighting the fires, the 52,000 who have evacuated, and the families of the 11 who have died".

"Natural factors and human-caused global warming effects fatally collude" in these fires, said wildfire expert Kristen Thornicke of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

Search teams have recovered remains of 42 people killed by a fierce wildfire that largely incinerated the town of Paradise in northern California, marking the greatest loss of life from a wild land blaze in state history, authorities said on Monday.

With hearses standing by, crews have stepped up the search for bodies in the smoking ruins of Paradise, and relatives desperately looked forat least 228 missing loved ones, as wind-whipped wildfires raged at both ends of California.

Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency and is calling on President Trump to make a major disaster declaration in response to the wildfires ravaging the state. Actors Gerald Butler and Tracey Bregman and "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" regular Camille Grammer also lost their residences to the Woolsey fire.

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. But when he returned to his house, he found only debris, ashes, and a burned down auto. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

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Flames also besieged Thousand Oaks, the Southern California city in mourning over the massacre of 12 people in a shooting rampage at a country music bar Wednesday night. Everything is burned up.

"I'm going to stay here until I have something more to go on", he said. The fire had grown to 177 square miles (303 square kilometres) and was 25 per cent contained, authorities said.

At least six firefighters have been injured in both blazes, according to CalFire.

It's not unusual for Western wildfire smoke to reach New England.

"Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating", Butler wrote. If they pick up new fires then we could be into a whole new fight over the next 24 to 36 hours. "And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we're now witnessing, and will continue to witness in the coming years".

About 150,000 people statewide were under evacuation orders, majority in Southern California, where almost 180 structures were destroyed, including a large mobile home community in rugged Santa Monica Mountains north of Malibu.

Miley Cyrus lost her Malibu home, and tweeted that she was "devastated by the fires". "I need to find my mom - I'm not giving up hope she's out there", he said. 'My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that's all that matters right now. Jones said her family is now living in their mobile home parked in a vacant lot. Maybe our new Congress can help.

SoCal Edison's report says, "at this point we have no indication from fire agency personnel that SCE utility facilities may have been involved in the start of the fire".

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