Authorities search for missing as California wildfires rage on

Authorities search for missing as California wildfires rage on

Authorities search for missing as California wildfires rage on

Statewide, 150,000 people have been displaced as more than 8,000 fire crews battle wildfires that have scorched almost 1,040 square kilometres of land, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive. Two people were killed in Malibu, and the fire destroyed at least 370 or so structures, authorities said.

Both fires, as well as the Hill Fire which broke out close to Thousand Oaks -the city hit by a deadly mass shooting on Wednesday - continue to rage, with gusty winds making it hard for firefighters to bring the blaze under-control. "Hopefully we can come together as a people to take climate change on".

PG&E has said it experienced a problem on an electrical transmission line near the site of the massive fire, minutes before the blaze broke out.

PG&E was deemed responsible for wildfires in 2017 that ravaged wine country north of the San Francisco Bay area and killed 46 people, and this week's fires create new uncertainties for investors in California's utilities.

"Heartbreaking time across California", he wrote Sunday.

The death toll from fires rose to 31 overnight, according to officials.

Crews pushed forward to achieve 25 percent containment of the Camp Fire in northern California, which had burned 109,000 acres (44,000 hectares) at the edge of the Plumas National Forest, according to Cal Fire's website.

The "Camp Fire" is one of three major wildfires burning in the state. Its death toll of 29 equals that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California.

Around Malibu, more than 3000 firefighters from around California and neighbouring USA states worked with aircraft, including 19 helicopters and three DC-10 tanker plane, to save lives and billions of dollars of property.

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This is due in part to the fact that forest managers have spent the last century putting out every fire they could, even small, natural fires, he says, and the forests have became choked with too much overgrowth, making them ready to burn.

The blazes left behind scenes of utter ruin, with homes and businesses reduced to charred wreckage and the winds also spreading large amounts of ash.

Craig Clunies-Ross and his wife had seen wildfires before and they were prepared when it was time to evacuate their Malibu home.

The entire nearby city of Calabasas, home to more than 20,000 people, was placed under a mandatory evacuation order by city officials on Sunday evening.

Wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour (100 km) were expected in the mountains, valleys and canyons of southern California, raising the possibility of downed power lines and trees.

President Donald Trump sent a series of tweets blaming the fires on forest mismanagement over the weekend, threatening to cut federal funding, which enraged firefighting organizations, politicians and celebrities.

Local residents were despondent over the fire damage.

"As of today, an additional 13 human remains have been recovered, which brings the total number to 42", Honea told a news conference, adding it was the "deadliest" wildland blaze ever in California.

He also shared a short video of himself, standing amongst smouldering remains and showing the burnt-out shell of his house.

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