Camp Fire death toll now at 48, worst in state history

Ruben Ruiz
November 14, 2018

Cal Fire tweeted a map showing all the states where firefighters are coming from - including Alaska, Indiana and Georgia.

Some of the thousands of people forced from their homes by the blaze were allowed to return, and authorities reopened USA 101, a major freeway through the fire zone in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

"This the deadliest fire in the wild land fire history of the United States", he said.

On Monday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said they have 13 coroner agencies helping search for human remains as well as three anthropology search teams.

Treasures from Paradise, an antique store, is destroyed after the Camp Fire blazes through town. Another 36 residences and 22 commercial buildings were damaged.

More than 300,000 people have been forced from their homes statewide. Along with ground efforts, firefighting air tankers are flying fire suppression missions when conditions permit. As of Tuesday evening, the inferno was 35% contained.

Malibu celebrities and mobile-home dwellers in nearby mountains were slowly learning whether their homes had been spared or reduced to ash. The fire that broke out in the Thousand Oaks area - which had already been coping with a mass shooting - is blamed for two deaths.

Resident Jim Clark visits what is left of his home that was demolished by the Camp Fire.

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Four days after the fire began, firefighters had it 85 percent contained and are expecting it to be fully contained on Thursday.

Before the Paradise tragedy, the deadliest single fire on record in California was a 1933 blaze in Griffith Park in Los Angeles that killed 29.

Since erupting on Thursday (November 8) its claimed more than 7000 homes and businesses in the area.

The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount to cover a variety of losses, including lost homes, properties and personal belongings, as well as evacuation and temporary housing costs, emotional trauma and loss of income.

The Woolsey Fire has burned at least 93,00 acres and destroyed around 435 structures, according to the latest Cal Fire update.

Crews lit backfires and extended containment lines overnight. "Steep terrain, limited access, and extreme fire behavior will continue to challenge crews".

However, California Governor Jerry Brown requested a major disaster declaration from US President Donald Trump, calling for the federal government to allocate more funds to the state for disaster relief as well as the rebuilding process.

Other reports by GizPress

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