Hemsworth visits destroyed Malibu home

Pauline Gross
November 13, 2018

Meanwhile, crews continued searching for bodies in the smoldering ruins, as almost 230 people remain unaccounted for. The Hill Fire, which was 75% contained as of Monday morning, is one of more than 7,500 fires to have burned across California this year. The fire had grown to 177 square miles (303 square kilometres) and was 25 per cent contained, authorities said.

"The entire town has been evacuated", Honea said, noting that more than 200 people are still unaccounted for in Paradise and the surrounding areas.

In addition to wild fires becoming more frequent - California's fire season is nearly year-round now - scientists have also found that the fires are becoming bigger. It's home to a lot of celebrities and home to a lot of multi-million dollar mansions, but I can tell you there are also a lot of perfectly ordinary middle-class Americans who also live there. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire, reports that 6,453 single residences have been destroyed, while 260 commercial structures went down in flames.

Neighbouring suburbs including Thousand Oaks, still reeling from last week's shooting massacre that left 11 bar patrons and a sheriff's sergeant dead, have been under mandatory evacuation for three days.

"Without him, I knew it was going to be a loss", Rasmussen said.

"I'm still shaking. Every time I talk about it", he said.

Actor James Woods, a rare political conservative in liberal Hollywood, has made new friends by using his Twitter account to help find missing people and getting help for pets, including horses. While California officially emerged from a five-year drought last year, much of the northern two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry.

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Butler focused the camera on the charred frame of his former home, surrounded by ash and the blackened shell of a truck.

The painstaking process of finding the missing and identifying the dead is challenging, with some of the bodies recovered burned beyond recognition.

Hours after the fire broke out, residents fleeing Paradise became trapped in gridlock traffic as the fire closed in.

PG&E said in a court filing Friday that it had found an outage on a transmission line in Butte County, about 15 minutes before the Camp Fire was first reported and in the area where it sparked. Some drivers abandoned their vehicles in the chaos and attempted to escape on foot.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's own Martin Henderson has thanked fans for all their concerned messages about his Malibu home. But what they saw when they stepped outside shocked them.

Berkeley and his wife, Robyn Berkeley, choked back tears as they recounted their ordeal holding back a 100-foot wall of flames and then repeatedly beating back hot spots that continued to flare up throughout the night and next day. "It was like a firestorm, it was roaring", he told CNN affiliate KABC, referring to the Woolsey Fire. "Our hearts are broken from the horrific shootings and those who have lost their lives and homes, as well as the hundreds of thousands of us that have been evacuated from the devastating fires that are now burning".

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