Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

California Wildfires Rage, Death Toll at 23

California Wildfires Rage, Death Toll at 23

"Typically this time of year when we get fires in Southern California we can rely upon our mutual aid partners in Northern California to come assist us because this time of year they've already had significant rainfall or even snow", said Osby, the LA County fire chief. That leaves a lot of dry vegetation to feed fires.

Now considered the largest fire in state history, that blaze left one person dead after burning through more than 450,000 acres - or more than 800 square miles.

In Paradise, a town founded in the 1800s, residents who stayed behind to try to save their properties or who managed to return despite an evacuation order found incinerated cars and homes.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Sunday that firefighters from local departments across Texas would begin deploying to California Monday morning to help battle the wildfires ravaging the state. There are still 35 people missing.

But the bulk of firefighter resources were focused on the Camp Fire, the deadliest in the state since 1991.

As wildfires continue to burn in California, new satellite photos show the massive scale of the deadly Camp Fire that has devastated the state's northern town of Paradise. Two people were killed and the fire had destroyed almost 180 structures.

"There were people who weren't able to get out", Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea said at a makeshift command post at Butte College.

In the south, the Woolsey Fire has claimed two lives as it damaged beach resorts including Malibu.

Malibu City Councilman Jefferson "Zuma Jay" Wagner has been hospitalized after losing his home in the Woolsey fire, according to city officials.

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

Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen warned the rate by which the fire is spreading is "exponentially more" than has been seen in fires in years past. Officials say the blaze is only five percent contained.

A quarter of a million people are under evacuation orders.

The fire had burned 109,000 acres.

"I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires & grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones", Lady Gaga tweeted. "Just about everyone I know lost their home". "It doesn't seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor", Kardashian West said. "It's the event that we have feared for a long time".

Statewide, 150,000 remained displaced as more than 8,000 fire crews battled wildfires that have scorched 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometers), with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive.

"Sadly my house couldn't be saved", she wrote on Instagram along with a photo of what appears to be her home in flames. The majority of those residents are in Los Angeles County, where 170,000 were evacuated.

"We knew Paradise was a prime target for forest fire over the years", he said. "We appreciate your work and could not be more grateful".

President Donald Trump has alternated between offering sympathy for displaced people and firefighters, and lashing out at California's leaders over what he deemed poor forest management. Brown told a press briefing that federal and state governments must do more forest management but said that's not the source of the problem.

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