Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

California wildfires leave several dead, force thousands to flee

California wildfires leave several dead, force thousands to flee

"Myself and especially those staff members who are out there doing what is important work but certainly hard work".

The town, situated on a ridge between two valleys, was a popular retirement community, raising concerns of elderly and immobile residents who have been reported missing.

Next he says sheriff's officials will be cross-checking their list with official shelters to search for the remaining missing.

A future briefing by authorities will provide additional information on how relatives can submit DNA.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", Trump tweeted.

Wind-driven flames move across Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire on November 9, 2018 near Malibu, California. They were located in a stopped vehicle in a long, narrow driveway in the 33000 block of Mulholland Highway.

A wildfire that tore through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes in southern California has now killed 11 people and more than doubled in size.

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The toll of dead from the Camp Fire jumped to 23 Saturday as more remains were discovered in Paradise and surrounding areas.

Across the state, more than 250,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in a dramatic scene, which saw some flee from their cars on foot to escape the flames. Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu that is home to some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

The Butte County Sheriff's office said the victims were mostly found dead inside or near their cars.

They also rescued a chocolate Labrador who had been left behind by its owner.

Jan MacGregor, 81, got back to his small two-bedroom home in Paradise with the help of his firefighter grandson. The safe was punctured with bullet holes from guns that went off in the scorching heat.

Among the celebrity homes reportedly damaged - if not destroyed - was the home of Caitlyn Jenner, who posted an Instagram video reporting that she was in a safe house, but wasn't sure what has become of her home.

He has lived in Paradise for almost 80 years, moving there in 1939 when he said the town had just 3,000 people and was nicknamed Poverty Ridge. Leaves were catching fire and floating down onto roofs, and the howling fire sounded like a jetliner taking off, he said.

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"We knew Paradise was a prime target for forest fire over the years", he said. "We've had 'em come right up to the city limits - oh yeah - but nothing like this", he said.

McGregor said he probably would not rebuild: "I have nothing here to go back to".

Fultz's mother, 61-year-old Tricia Fultz, said everyone expected the fire to stay well south of their property, but shifting winds forced them to take the horses out to open pastures as quickly as they could. Officials warned firefighters to wear their helmets and be careful of falling trees. Studies have said wildfires often start due to extremely dry conditions, such as droughts that are spurred by climate change. His later tweets were more measured, saying that "our hearts are with those fighting the fires".

Elinor "Jeannie" Williams, 86, was not among the nine victims of the blaze but died as she waited to be airlifted from an evacuated hospital where she was being treated for a head injury.

Cher wrote on Twitter that she was anxious about her house "but there is nothing I can do".

Ventura County fire chief Mark Lorenzen said some firefighters were "literally pulling people out of burning homes".

'Hey, guess what?' her father says, trying to reassure her.

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Fires have also devastated an area in northern California, killing five people in the town of Paradise, near San Francisco. Kim Kardashian West shared footage of the fire and revealed she had just one hour to evacuate her home. "God is good.


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