Death Toll Jumps In California Wildfires

Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California

Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California

The Santa Ana winds, which blow out of the Sierra Nevadas and toward the western coastline, are building into howling gales that dry the vegetation and the soil, creating potentially explosive fire conditions. Entire towns have been burned to the ground.

Krystin Harvey, left, comforts her daughter Araya Cipollini at the remains of their home burned in the Camp Fire, Nov. 10, 2018, in Paradise, Calif.

Details were limited, and Honea did not release names of the victims.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from a wildfire in Butte County, California, which is north of Sacramento.

He added that the fire took less than two hours to reach the small town of Paradise, which it proceeded to devour. Others will leave Saturday morning from Tumwater, officials said. It was still burning in Paradise, and authorities estimated the fire may be fully contained by November 30.

Residents spoke of flames approaching their vehicles on the gridlocked roads and said electricity poles came crashing down. "In the evening it shifted and started coming much more northeast, and that's when it started coming down the hill".

More than 3,200 personnel are involved in the firefighting effort.

With over a quarter-million people evacuated from their potentially destroyed homes and at least 11 lives lost to active California wildfires, President Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is "so poor".

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. "It completely ignores the dynamic of what's going on around us", he told the Chronicle.

An estimated 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.

Thousand Oaks already was reeling from a shooting at a country music bar that killed a dozen people this week when it was besieged by fire.

Crews were battling extreme flames on steep terrain. The Woolsey fire, about 800km to the south, was five per cent contained on Saturday night.

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Together, the Woolsey and Hill fires had burned almost 40,000 acres (16,200 hectares) in Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, by Friday evening.

Three-quarters of the city of 130,000 was under evacuation orders, Thousand Oaks mayor Andy Fox said.

All 13,000 residents of Malibu, which is 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, were told to get out on Friday. It traveled into an old burn scar, where a previous fire had passed years ago.

The entire coastal enclave of Malibu also was ordered to flee, with Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West and Guillermo del Toro among the celebrities forced to abandon their homes. Three more were found outside a residence, and one inside a house. All we can do is pray together & for each other.

Early on Saturday, flames approached Malibu's Pepperdine University, a private residential college with 7,700 students, where many remained sheltered on the main campus.

"I'm waiting to hear the fate of my home".

One resident said Saturday morning he returned to the area to check on a property that he manages.

"We'll get sustained winds of up to 40 mph and gusts between 60 mph and 70 mph", he said.

"It's nothing but bad news", said Chenard.

She had previously found refuge in the house when her father died in 2010, Doherty wrote.

President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration providing federal funds for Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. "The animals that were relocated have been safely moved back to their habitats and are doing well", the zoo said. "We don't want any more".

Dubbed Camp Fire, the blaze ravaging the northern part of the state has become the most destructive in its history.

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