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California wildfires

California wildfires

The death toll rose to 48 people on Tuesday as the most devastating fire in California's history raged on.

President Donald Trump has requested a major disaster declaration for California, after taking flack for blaming the devastation on poor forestry management over the weekend. Some 52,000 residents have been forced to evacuate. A series of wildfires in Northern California's wine country last fall killed 44 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes. The team used synthetic aperture radar images taken by the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites, which orbit from a height of 693 kilometers.

It's also not just one large fire but three: Camp Fire, which burns just north of Sacramento, and two others - Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire - located in Southern California. The color variation from yellow to red indicates ground surface damage.

Although the fire is now 35 percent contained, firefighters are still primarily focused on protecting life and structures, citing "extreme fire behavior" from the blaze that has drawn power from Santa Ana winds.

The fire has scorched over 6,400 structures to rubble and burned 110,000 acres of land.

"More than 4,000 are fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires in California that have burned over 170,000 acres", he wrote on Saturday.

The bad air quality from the Camp Fire has spread across Northern California, forcing the University of California at Davis to cancel classes in both Davis and Sacramento, UC Davis tweeted.

Mr Foss, 63, moved to Paradise eight years ago because the high cost of living pushed him out of the San Francisco Bay Area, according to his daughter, Angela Loo.

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Born of tinder dry conditions and erratic winds, the "Camp Fire" was the latest California megafire, a huge blaze that burns more intensely and quickly than anything the state has experienced before.

Bush said Thursday was her day off, so she planned to sleep in and do some chores around the house.

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.

"We're fine, we got very, very lucky".

There are almost 3,600 fire personnel fighting the Woolsey fire.

Officials fear more remains will be found. Firefighters were making headway, and for two of the fires, containment could come as soon as Thursday, while it could be weeks for another.

The fires have killed 31 people as of Monday morning.

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