Teams search for bodies in California after wildfire claims 42 lives

14 November, 2018, 06:40 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
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At least 48 people have been killed in two wildfires burning across the state of California, leaving behind trails of destruction and scorching the homes of thousands.

The Woolsey fire has burned more than 143 square miles and evacuation orders were issued to 265,000 people in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump blamed California state policies for the deadly fires, tweeting that they're a result of "gross mismanagement of the forests".

Red Flag Warnings, the highest level fire alert, were issued by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) across the entire state stretching from the northern border with OR and the southern border with Mexico.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Monday that search teams were using "cadaver dogs" to look for fire victims and two temporary military morgues were being set up.

By Monday night, the Camp fire was about 30 percent contained.




The images above show a wider view of the region north of Sacramento where the Camp Fire torched more than 113,000 acres.

"I think that's his tractor", she said through tears. "Firefighters actively fought the fire and worked aggressively". It has virtually destroyed the town of Paradise.

The fires: There are now 228 people missing and 42 dead, making the Camp fire in the north even more lethal than the Griffith Park disaster of 1933. It has burned more than 8,800 structures, Cal Fire officials said.

'I'm okay, I just came from my property and it could've been worse.

In June, the California forestry agency blamed 12 wildfires on downed power lines owned by utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric. In some cases, investigators have found only bone fragments.

The official death toll in Northern California's Camp Fire climbed to 42 on Monday as coroner and recovery teams began surveying the damage in Paradise, a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills almost entirely devoured by the inferno last week. Last year's Tubbs Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties was blamed for killing 22 people.

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