Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Fires worsened by wind and drought - not bad management, scientists say

Fires worsened by wind and drought - not bad management, scientists say

Meanwhile in Northern California, teams searching the charred ruins of the town of Paradise found five bodies at a home and one in a vehicle, raising the death toll to 29 and making it the deadliest wildfire on record in California history.

Butte County, California, Sheriff Kory Honea called in to "Outnumbered Overtime" on Monday to discuss the "absolutely devastating" wildfire that killed 29 people and displaced tens of thousands of residents.

"The Sacramento Bee: "'Hell was knocking on our door': Paradise is lost, but it's happened before" -- "This foothill town on a wooded Sierra Nevada ridge has dodged devastation before.

All told, more 8,000 firefighters statewide were battling wildfires that destroyed more than 7,000 structures and scorched more than 325 square miles (840 square kilometers), the flames feeding on dry brush and driven by blowtorch winds. "Only a demented n' truly pathetic individual would twist that around n' use a tragedy to once again misrepresent facts for attempted public/political gain at other's expense". Trump, a Republican who has often criticized Democrat-led California on a variety of issues including immigration enforcement, faulted the state government in Twitter comments during the weekend, blaming poor forest management by the state for the infernos.

While premieres shed their glitz, there were few reports of industry production affected by the wildfire that has killed two and destroyed more than 400 homes.

Two people were found dead in Southern California, where flames tore through Malibu mansions and working-class Los Angeles suburbs.

No one expect them to be this destructive, he said.

Butler is one the celebrities whose lives have been changed by the Woolsey Fire. "Mr. President, with all due respect, you are wrong", said Scott Austin, head of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

The fire grew to more than 143 square miles (370 square kilometers) and was only 20 percent contained.

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Earlier, actor Gerard Butler posted images of himself returning to his Malibu home - or what was left of it - after having evacuated.

Los Angeles County firefighters attack flames approaching the Salvation Army camps in Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire on November 10 near Malibu. It had destroyed about 6,500 homes and 260 businesses and offices, and was threatening 15,500 more structures as of Monday morning, when it was only 25% contained, according to Cal Fire. Those remains recovered today were located in Paradise. Much of what makes the city function was gone.

"Paradise was literally wiped off the map", said Tim Aboudara, a firefighters union representative.

Craig Clunies-Ross and his wife had seen wildfires before and they were prepared when it was time to evacuate their Malibu home.

The search for bodies is continuing.

Sol Bechtold drove from shelter to shelter looking for his mother, a 75-year-old widow whose house burned down along with the rest of her neighbourhood.

"This is an emergency, but you are not alone", the actress-pop star told evacuees in a video of her remarks posted by website TMZ.

By the time the smoke reaches the East Coast, it tends to be in the form of a thin layer of haze, Simpson said. "You could feel the heat coming in through the auto", she told CNN. "You don't know if she's safe".

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