California's Camp Fire is deadliest, most destructive in state history

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2018

"There's certainly the unfortunate possibility that even after we search an area, once we get people back in there, it's possible that human remains can be found".

The sheriff said he also has requested three portable morgue teams from the USA military, a "disaster mortuary" crew and an unspecified number of cadaver dog units to assist in the search for human remains. And in October, Southern California Edison said its equipment was at least in part to blame for the Thomas Fire that burned more than 280,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties previous year.

Authorities on Tuesday reported six more fatalities from the Northern California blaze, bringing the total number of dead so far to 48.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Camp Fire was 201 square miles, which is about 1.8 times the size of Salt Lake City's 109 square miles.

And according to Cal Fire, "83 percent of all National Parks Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has been burned by the Woolsey Fire".

"I love that he shared his gift of music with me and so many others during his lifetime", she said. "Going forward, we will look for signs of additional legislative and regulatory support for the utility as it works through various legal processes". "The fire was right there".

Now, community organizations and good Samaritans are rallying to shelter the displaced animals and reunite them with their owners.

"We're finding remains in various states", he told reporters.

"I need to sleep and cry", James added.

The number of homes and other structures destroyed had reached 435.

California Highway Patrol Chief Brent Newman asked for the public's patience as teams clear affected areas.

The motor home was being driven without a key in the ignition, suggesting it had been hotwired, authorities said. As of Tuesday morning, the inferno was 40% contained.

National Guard troops are to arrive in northern California to help search for more victims of a wildfire that has killed 48 people.

On Sunday, he had told reporters that with the level of destruction, "Camp Fire" brought upon the county, "it's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there".

He stayed in Paradise to protect his 92-year-old mother, who is blind and was unwilling to leave.

While prospects for suppressing the fire grew more hopeful, authorities stepped up the grim task of sifting through rubble of homes obliterated in wind-driven flames that roared through Paradise, sending residents fleeing for their lives. I feel so sad for everyone though. "Because I know the toll it takes on loved ones".

The cause of the two fires is still under investigation - and likely will be for months, given the complexity of the cases and the devastation at the scenes.

The Camp Fire grew by another 5,000 acres overnight.

At the other end of the state, in Southern California, firefighters continued making progress against a blaze that killed two people in star-studded Malibu and destroyed over 400 structures.

The fire has scorched more than 152 square miles (394 square kilometers) since last week and is 47 percent contained.

"It was very scary", Mayor Jody Jones recounted of her family's own harrowing escape from their home as fire raged all around them.

Both power companies say they are cooperating with state investigators.

More than 200,000 people have been evacuated because of those two fires alone.

A third body has been found within the footprint of the fire, according to reporting from our media partner, NBC Los Angeles, citing the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Justin Bartek lost his childhood home in Paradise, where his father still lived.

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