California wildfire death toll climbs higher as six more bodies found

Pauline Gross
November 13, 2018

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby echoed Brown's sentiments, noting how widespread the fire destruction has been across the state.

But, she says, "there's a lot of people on that road who are still missing".

Neil Young wrote on his website that California was "up against something bigger than we have ever seen". Edison International, the owner of Southern California Edison Company, slumped 11 per cent, leaving its stock market value US$5-billion lower since Thursday when the fires broke out. "Helping victims and fire relief efforts in our state should not be a partisan issue", he said.

Caring Choices in Butte County is now looking for medical volunteers.

"Now we're back kind of in a drought right now. Your mother's somewhere and you don't know where she's at", he said.

Authorities have reported two deaths from those fires. More than 30 Butte County Sheriff's deputies reported for duty despite losing their homes, the news station reported.

Devastating images of Paradise, a town of roughly 27,000 residents incorporated into Butte County, depicted destroyed homes and roads dotted with charred vehicles.

Hughes has been looking for the missing and dead. "I'm so sorry for my community".

"I'm going to stay here until I have something more to go on", he said. "There was no question about it".

"And I think my family would have been very anxious about me". Reports on Monday have more than 6,000 homes destroyed and hundreds of folks unaccounted for.

As the Camp Fire burns nearby, a scorched auto rests by gas pumps near Pulga, Calif., Nov. 11, 2018.

Cyrus, the singer and actress tweeted on Sunday that she and fiance Liam Hemsworth "made it out" of the fire safely.

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"Gods of Egypt" actor Gerard Butler and "Real Housewives" star Camille Grammer also said on social media they had lost homes.

Robin Thicke's partner April Love Geary, who is now pregnant, revealed on Instagram stories that their home had been destroyed.

In a statement, Brian Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters union, said Trump's "shameful attack on California" was off-base.

A firefighter battles a fire along the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway in Simi Valley, California, Nov. 12, 2018.

"We are entering a new normal". "With wind speeds as high as they were, there was nothing firefighters could do to stop the advance of the fires".

Instead of sending messages of support to the victims and the firefighters engaged in trying to contain the disaster, Trump threatened to withdraw Federal aid, tweeting, "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor". While California officially emerged from a five-year drought last year, much of the northern two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry.

Hot dry winds expected to blow until Tuesday whipped up the flames and heightened the urgency of evacuation orders, officials said.

"We must remain vigilant and not let our guard down", Osby said.

Fire investigators declared the area surrounding powerlines on Ms Cowley's property, in an oak-filled canyon, a crime scene.

By early afternoon, one of the two black hearses stationed in Paradise had picked up another set of remains.

The statewide death toll stood at 31 and appeared certainto rise. Honea said the county consulted anthropologists from California State University at Chico because, in some cases, investigators have been able to recover only bones and bone fragments.

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