Strong winds challenging California firefighters

Strong winds challenging California firefighters

The death toll from wildfires raging in California has risen to 31 after six more people were found killed in what is set to become the deadliest wildfire in the state's history. "And I'm not sure if my house is standing", one woman said, pointing at officials.

The sheriff's department compiled a list of 110 people unaccounted for, but officials held out hope that many were safe but had no cellphones or some other way to contact loved ones. She lived alone and did not drive.

Bechtold posted a flyer on social media, pinned it to bulletin boards at shelters and showed her picture around to evacuees, asking if anyone recognized her. He ran across a few of Caddy's neighbors, but they hadn't seen her.

"Mother Nature has given us a short reprieve ... but we know tomorrow Mother Nature's gonna turn her fan back on and the winds are going to start blowing", Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen told reporters. "I'm anxious about my neighbours, Ed and Andrea", he said.

All told, an estimated 300,000 people statewide were under evacuation orders, majority in Southern California.

Osby said the challenges presented by climate change are clear across California.

He wrote: "Mr President, while people's homes are burning, while lives are being lost & while firefighters are risking their lives, California needs words of support & encouragement, not threats or finger pointing & accusations".

But Cal Fire spokesman Bill Murphy warned that gusty winds predicted into Monday morning could spark "explosive fire behaviour".

Actor Martin Sheen, briefly reported missing by his actor son Charlie, was also forced to evacuate. Last year, several fires in Northern California killed 44 people in the Wine Country.

Two people were also found dead in a wildfire in Southern California, where flames tore through Malibu mansions and working-class Los Angeles suburbs alike.

Since the fire began to spread Thursday, a number of stars have lost their homes - The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer and singer Robin Thicke among them.

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A member of the Malibu City Council was burned trying to save his home but was expected to recover.

The lull allowed firefighters to gain 10 percent control of the Woolsey fire, which has burned more than 130 square miles (335 square kilometers) in western Los Angeles County and southeastern Ventura County since Thursday.

High, dry winds blowing from the desert regions are expected to sustain the conditions until at least Tuesday, with forecast meteorologist Marc Chenard stating that the short-term outlook was "nothing but bad news".

CAL FIRE said 200 engines are meanwhile making their way to the affected areas from other states to assist with firefighting efforts. The large mobile home community of Seminole Springs, in the rugged Santa Monica Mountains north of Malibu, appeared devastated.

Evacuations were ordered for the east side of the neighboring town of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people, as flames from the blaze were being driven by 56 kph winds.

Gov. Jerry Brown said he is requesting a major-disaster declaration from President Donald Trump that would make victims eligible for crisis counseling, housing and unemployment help, and legal aid.

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"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago".

"My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong", she continued. He assumed she had escaped the inferno and was trying to find her at rescue centres until authorities confirmed her death late Friday.

"They were married for 20-something years. He's having a hard time accepting", Breeding said.

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