31 dead, 250000 evacuated in California fires as Governor blames climate change

31 dead, 250000 evacuated in California fires as Governor blames climate change

The town of Paradise in Butte County in northern California has been engulfed by the deadliest wildfire in the state's history.

Another two people died in the separate Woolsey Fire that has destroyed 435 structures and displaced about 200,000 people in the mountains and foothills near Southern California's Malibu coast, west of Los Angeles. Together, they were blamed for 44 deaths, including two in celebrity-studded Malibu in Southern California, where firefighters appeared to be gaining ground against a roughly 143-square-mile (370-square-kilometre) blaze that destroyed at least 370 structures, with hundreds more feared lost.

In northern California, the death toll from the Camp Fire reached 46 after more human remains were recovered.

The intensified effort to locate victims came on the sixth day of a blaze that incinerated more than 7,000 homes and other buildings, including most of Paradise, a town once home to 27,000 people. Some went to shelters looking for them.

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. "They have common sense, I'm sure, but I'd hate to find out later that they burned up", he said. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading wildfire has ripped through the town of Paradise, charring 18,000 acres and destroying dozens of homes in a matter of hours.

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Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Janie Har and Jocelyn Gecker in San Francisco; Paul Elias and Martha Mendoza in Chico, California; and Andrew Selsky in Salem, Oregon.

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. But before that, Kimmel said "the real Donald was back" with this tweet: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

"We're starting to get a handle on this fire", said Captain Brian McGrath of the Ventura County Fire Department in an online briefing. Jerry Brown said Sunday. He said the state is doing everything possible to prevent fires, but "some things only God can do".

The cause remained under investigation, Cal Fire said.

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