Arizona firefighters head to California to fight Woolsey, Camp and Hill fires

Arizona firefighters head to California to fight Woolsey, Camp and Hill fires

Named the 'Camp Fire, ' it's the most destructive one in state history, surpassing last October's Tubbs Fire, which leveled over 5,600 structures. The death toll stood at 23 Sunday and appeared likely to climb.

Los Angeles County sheriff's chief John Benedict said two bodies were found in the fire zone of a Southern California blaze, the first fatalities from fires blazing north and west of downtown Los Angeles.

'We never heard from them again, ' Ms Lee said. "Myself and especially those staff members who are out there doing what is important work but certainly hard work".

The victims have still not been identified and at least 110 people are still believed to be missing. Officials hope numerous elderly on the list simply are elsewhere without cellphones or away to contact loved ones.

Meteorologists have warned that unsafe conditions may continue well into next week, but firefighters say they are hoping to take advantage of a temporary lull in the wind fanning the flames.

With over a quarter-million people evacuated from their potentially destroyed homes and at least 11 lives lost to active California wildfires, President Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is "so poor".

Honea says out of those 14 additional deaths, four were in Concow, and then 10 were killed in the town of Paradise, seven of those inside homes and three outside homes. Three bodies were found outside homes and one was found inside a home.

A total of 6,453 homes had been destroyed in Paradise and elsewhere, Honea said, along with 260 commercial buildings.

Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour were expected through Monday, conditions similar to when the fire started Thursday and quickly overtook Paradise.

Authorities were also bringing in a DNA lab and encouraged people with missing relatives to submit samples to aid in identifying the dead after the blaze destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes.

More than 200,000 people have been forced to flee the area.

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Evacuation orders included the entire town of Malibu, which is home to 13,000 residents.

Residents who stayed behind to try to save their property or who managed to get back to their neighbourhoods in Paradise found cars incinerated and homes reduced to rubble. But what they saw when they stepped outside shocked them.

Progress also came against the smaller fire, prompting Ventura County officials to allow people in a handful of communities to return to their homes. The safe was punctured with bullet holes from guns inside that went off in the scorching heat.

While they say their home is destroyed the Harmon's say they won't stop looking until they find Crystal.

Among the towns under evacuation orders is Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people in a rampage on Wednesday.

"The fire guys that I talked to-they said it was overwhelming", Gelbman said.

"Really wish you went home, but we're really anxious about you so please come back soon", said her sister, Gracie Harmon.

The lull on Saturday could give firefighters a chance to control the edges of the blazes and to swap fire crews, replacing firefighters who have worked for two days without rest, Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby said. Officials warned firefighters to wear their helmets and be careful of falling trees.

Drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change and home construction deeper into forests have led to more destructive wildfire seasons that have been starting earlier and lasting longer.

Elinor "Jeannie" Williams, 86, was not among the nine victims of the blaze but died as she waited to be airlifted from an evacuated hospital where she was being treated for a head injury. "It had the old buildings lined up along the walkway", she said.

"He's lost, he's confused, he's trying to hang in there", she said.

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