Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

New Death Toll Makes Camp Fire Deadliest in State History

New Death Toll Makes Camp Fire Deadliest in State History

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Woolsey fire has caused at least two confirmed deaths and has forced more than 250,000 people to evacuate their homes. The Camp Fire burned almost 7,000 buildings and is the most destructive individual fire in state history.

The Associated Press reported Monday 29 people have been confirmed dead in that fire and almost 230 people were missing.

So far, the wildfire - dubbed the "Camp Fire" - that has been raging in Northern California for the past few days has destroyed more than 6,400 residences and 260 commercial buildings, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

At least two people have died in the Woolsey Fire, which is 32 kilometres (20 miles) long and 22 kilometres (14 miles) wide, threatening 57,000 structures, officials said. It and one in the state's south have killed at least 31 people. However, large areas of those counties and the entire city of Malibu remain under mandatory evacuation orders.

"Strong northeast winds are expected to continue through Monday morning", Calfire stated this morning in its fire incident update.

U.S. singer Miley Cyrus' home was one of the destroyed southern California buildings.

We're requesting donations at http://supportLAFD.org to provide hydration backpacks for @LAFD firefighters working tirelessly to contain the fires across Southern California.

Firefighters and water-dropping aircraft quickly corralled the flames but fire officials said the new outbreaks showed critical fire weather was continuing and the public should be alert.

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"These are extreme conditions". "I think it's going to be clearly on them".

"While it's still early, the signs point at Southern California Edison", said Brian Panish, an attorney with Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and one of the lead lawyers involved in the litigation against the utility over last year's Thomas Fire in Southern California.

The CCF Wildfire Relief Foundation works to help victims in the aftermath of a fire with finding new homes, getting their lives back together, and emotional support. But it's what is inside the house. "And that's what hurts, those kinds of things hurt because you can't replace that".

PG&E Corp., which operates in the northern part of California, dropped 16 per cent, bringing its loss over two sessions to 29 per cent, equivalent to US$8-billion.

Satellites owned by NASA and commercial companies such as DigitalGlobe are recording images of the fires from space. President Donald Trump has blamed "poor" forest management for the fires. With more than 200 people still unaccounted for, families who are desperate for answers are posting pictures of their loved ones online and on message boards at shelters.

Another added: "So sorry but so glad you're safe".

"We're right in the middle of it", Robertson said.

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