At least 29 confirmed dead in Northern California wildfire, sheriff says

Cheryl Sanders
November 13, 2018

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

The "Wrecking Ball" crooner said she lost her entire home to the fire but made it out safely with her animals and other loved ones, urging people to donate to emergency services.

Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea said that 228 people remained unaccounted for since the fire mostly incinerated the foothill town of 27,000 people on Thursday. "Managing all the forests everywhere we can does not stop climate change, and those who deny that definitely are contributing to the tragedies that we are witnessing and will continue to witness".

In Northern California, where more than 6,700 buildings have been destroyed, the scope of the devastation was beginning to set in even as the blaze raged on.

"Stay safe, California - and keep those prayers coming America", Wilson said on his Twitter account, where over the weekend he was sharing photos of some of the more than 100 people missing in the huge wildfire in Northern California that has killed at least 23. Together with the smaller Hill Fire, which spans over 4,000 acres and was 75 percent contained as of Sunday night, the Woolsey Fire has destroyed 179 structures, although firefighters estimate another 57,000 are threatened, CNN reports.

But officials warned against complacency, with winds of up to 70 miles per hour expected over the next two days.

Further south, where the "Woolsey Fire" is threatening mansions and mobile homes alike in the celebrity redoubt of Malibu, the bodies of two people were found inside a vehicle in a long driveway, Deputy Aura Sierra of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said. The large mobile home community of Seminole Springs, in the rugged Santa Monica Mountains north of Malibu, appeared devastated.

Lady Gaga, Martin Sheen and Kim Kardashian West were among the celebrities who joined thousands of others in evacuating from the affluent coastal city that is as well-known as its residents. "Your house can be rebuilt but you can't bring your life back", said Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby.

USA authorities say more than 8,000 firefighters are battling three large wildfires in California that have destroyed thousands of structures.

This fire season follows a particularly deadly set of California wildfires a year ago.

A series of wildfires in Northern California wine country last fall killed 44 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes.

Since the fire began to spread Thursday, a number of stars have lost their homes - The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer and singer Robin Thicke among them.

"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago".

One of the Northern California fire's victims was an ailing woman whose body was found in bed in a burned-out house in Concow, near Paradise.

"I still haven't heard anything", said Laurie Teague, who was looking for her 80-year-old stepfather, Herb Alderman.

"He looks at me and kind of grunted, 'No I don't want to take advantage of anyone, you're too kind.' So I said, 'This is my vehicle". He assumed she had escaped the inferno and was trying to find her at rescue centers until authorities confirmed her death late Friday. "We have many parties, many views out here, and it's really not about politics, it is about people".

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