Southern California Edison Reports Outage on Electrical Circuits Before the Wildfire

Ruben Ruiz
November 12, 2018

Powerful winds are expected to sweep through California on Sunday, exacerbating three major fires that have ravaged both ends of the state for several days.

Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify the dead as the search went on for victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history.

The president of the California Professional Firefighters, Brian K Rice, said the message is an attack on some of the people fighting the devastating fires.

"This event was the worst-case scenario", Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea told The Washington Post. The sudden evacuation led to highway gridlock, forcing some to flee on foot.

The two severely burned bodies were discovered in a driveway in celebrity-studded Malibu, where residents forced from their homes included Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West and Martin Sheen.

The blaze almost quadrupled Thursday into Friday.

He said officials were moving resources and preparing for "the next set of fires" as winds are expected to pick up.

About 228 people are still unaccounted for, Honea said, while another 137 people have been located after friends or relatives reported being unable to contact them.

Among the towns under evacuation orders is Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people in a rampage on Wednesday. At least six people were killed, five of them in their vehicles, as they sought to escape the fire. "We are thinking of those who are battling the wildfires still threatening Los Angeles and Ventura counties".

L.A. County Sheriff's Department Chief John Benedict said Saturday, "There is zero tolerance for any looting".

State officials have blamed climate change and said numerous burn areas have been in federally managed lands.

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On Sunday, during a trip to France, he tweeted that: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California". Studies have said wildfires often start due to extremely dry conditions, such as droughts that are spurred by climate change.

The president has previously blamed Californian officials for wildfires and threatened to withhold federal funding.

"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago ... the rate of spread is exponentially more than it used to be", said Lorenzen, urging residents to not put their lives at risk by trying to defend their own homes instead of evacuating.

Crews pushed forward to achieve 25 per cent containment of the Camp Fire in northern California, which had burned 44,000 hectares at the edge of the Plumas National Forest, according to Cal Fire's website. "God Bless them all".

In a tweet on Saturday, he accused state authorities of "gross mismanagement" of forests.

But authorities in California disputed Trump's assessment.

The Pasadena California Firefighters Association responded to the president on Twitter.

"We are really just in the middle of this protracted weather event, this fire siege", Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said.

California has faced back-to-back fire seasons that have left dozens of people dead as blazes rage across hundreds of square miles.

He added, "Moreover, almost 60 percent of California forests are under federal management, and another two-thirds under private control".

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