19 things you can do to help California wildfire victims right now

12 November, 2018, 13:33 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
  • California wildfire death toll leaps to 25

The worst of the blazes was in Northern California, where the number of people killed in that fire alone, at least 23, made it the third-deadliest on record in the state.

Information on Camp Fire affecting Butte County can be found on CA.gov. Hundreds of miles to the south, at least two people have died in the Woolsey conflagration threatening the wealthy beach community of Malibu, near Los Angeles. "At this desperate time, we would encourage the president to offer support in word and deed, instead of recrimination and blame".

On Friday, two bodies were found in a driveway in a charred vehicle in the Malibu area, according to Lt. Nani Cholakians of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office. Authorities have not released the names of victims and have continued to search for more.

Several officials urged residents to heed evacuation orders, noting they themselves had followed orders to leave their homes for safety.

FEMA has already granted a state request for emergency aid.

The appeal came a day after Mr Trump threatened to cut funding for California, blaming the fires on poor forest management.

On Sunday morning he posted: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

Officials shot back that increasingly destructive fires are a result of global warming, which dries out vegetation and turns large swathes of grassland into a tinderbox.

The deadliest wildfire to hit the state, according to USA authorities, with 31 dead and 228 people unaccounted for.

Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, told CNN that he thought the tweet from the president were "reckless and insulting" to the firefighters and people being affected by the fires.

The flames raced from the Conejo Valley to the Pacific Ocean, across Highway 101 and the Santa Monica mountains, at speeds that shocked veteran fire officials. Two others were found dead in Malibu, just west of Los Angeles. "VCA hospitals in the area of the fires are extending free boarding for pets, so evacuated families can focus on their most pressing priorities".

In northern California, the Camp Fire is one of the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history. "The rate of spread is exponentially more than it used to be", said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen, noting at a news conference that California's fires in 2018 grow far more quickly than they did even 10 years ago.

The blaze started on Thursday near Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64km) north-west of central Los Angeles.

She became emotional, looking at a canyon where her children had once played, now blackened by fire. "But there's nothing left to burn".

But on Sunday a Cal Fire unit chief warned that "it's not over yet".

All told, an estimated 300,000 people statewide were under evacuation orders, a lot of them in Southern California.

The destructive wildfires are nowhere near extinguished and remain exceedingly risky.

Gerard said: "Welcome to my home in Malibu".

He said the footprint of the Woolsey Fire contains many unburned areas that are vulnerable to embers stoked by gusts that could reach 64kmh.

Red flag warnings will return in the evening, McLean said, marking strong winds and dropping humidity.

Celebrities are among those who have lost their Malibu homes in blazes that have killed 31 people across California.

"What really hampered our ability to combat this fire is we didn't have enough resources for containment", he said.



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