Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

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

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Kenny Thornton | 13 November, 2018, 04:56

It now equals the deadliest wildfire on record in California - the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles.

The International Association of Fire Fighters union also blasted the president, calling Trump's comments "irresponsible, reckless and insulting".

The singer wrote that she is "completely devastated" by fires that have killed at least least 31 people and forced thousands to evacuate. He also blasted President Donald Trump as "our so-called president" for attributing the deadly wildfires to poor forest management, and instead urged people to take action to fight climate change.

Despite the outage on the transmission line in Pulga, investigators at Cal Fire haven't determined a cause for the Camp Fire.

Ten search teams were working in Paradise - a town of 27,000 that was engulfed by flames Thursday - and in surrounding communities in Northern California's Sierra Nevada foothills. Authorities said investigators believed the driver became disoriented and the vehicle was overcome by fire.

As the photos went viral over the weekend and into Monday, firefighters continued search and rescue operations for the more than 200 missing victims throughout the state.

The mayor of Paradise, Jody Jones, said the situation in the town was grim. "It's all gone", Malibu resident Marcella Shirk, 82, told KABC-TV.

She tweeted, "I am one of the lucky ones".

Some knew their homes were safe and waited for a chance to return.

As deadly wildfires burned at multiple sites in the western USA state of California, forecasters warned the dry, windy conditions fueling the fires will be in place through at least Tuesday.

In Southern California, the Santa Ana winds pushing the fires are expected to remain strong in Ventura and Los Angeles counties through Tuesday, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said Monday. The Woolsey Fire has killed two people and prompted mass evacuations.

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Repopulation of some neighborhoods and the reopening of US 101 west of Los Angeles began late Sunday, marking positive developments even though forecasts called for continuing critical fire weather conditions. It is only 10% contained. "You can see the hills are just totally scorched".

Since then, SCE personnel have been unable to access the area where the fire reportedly started.

Saturday saw a brief reprieve in the fierce winds fueling the fires, and firefighters hoped to use the break to their advantage.

Untrained to fight fires, the workers battled the blaze anyway - majority using shovels, the only somewhat-suitable tool they had for the job.

"Winds are already blowing".

"I think there are lots and lots of people who think of Malibu as just being a celebrity second-home culture", Bowen said at the Culver City event, "but there are people who is this is their first, last and only homes are there and going all up and down those canyons and they're not necessarily, "who cares they're rich and glamorous they can afford to lose a home". Your house can be rebuilt but you can't bring your life back", said Chief Daryl Osby of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

What do the politicians say?

"This plus the ongoing drought conditions will all create conditions favorable for fire weather", it said.

Mr Trump's response to the fires has been criticised as unsympathetic and ill-informed.

He has previously blamed Californian officials for wildfires and threatened to withhold federal funding.

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