Death Toll Rises To 31 As Fire Rips Through California

Death Toll Rises To 31 As Fire Rips Through California

The governor-elect of California, Gavin Newsom, on Friday issued an emergency proclamation for Ventura and Los Angeles counties due to the Woolsey and Hill fires.

The statewide death toll from wildfires over the past week has reached 44.

The fire in Northern California, which began Thursday, is believed to be the most destructive ever in the state and one of the most deadly.

At least 31 people have died since the wildfires broke out last week and hundreds remain unaccounted for.

Ten search and recovery teams are working in Paradise and authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify victims.

By early afternoon, one of the two black hearses stationed in Paradise had picked up another set of remains.

Increasingly exhausted and dispirited, friends and relatives of the missing called hospitals, police, shelters and the coroner's office in hopes of learning what became of their loved ones.

"If there is a fire in your neighborhood do not wait for an evacuation order - leave", he said. She lived alone and did not drive.

The 48-year-old took to social media to post the picture of the devastation.

Holding a poster of his mother in front of him, Bechtold said it had been a rough few days.

"I'll tell you, it's very, very hard", he said, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record.

Some knew their homes were safe (for now) and waited for a chance to return.

"I need to sleep and cry", James added. "She's a strong, smart woman". Officials hope numerous elderly on the list simply are elsewhere without cellphones or away to contact loved ones.

At least 25 people have died and more than 110 are missing. Looting has been reported in the south where the Woolsey fire has doubled in size in 24 hours

None of the deaths reported involved senior living residents, although at least one senior living community resident, Julian BInstock, was still missing as of Sunday, his granddaughter tweeted.

Jerry Brown, who has asked the White House for a "major disaster declaration", hit back at the president on Sunday during a news conference.

"I can tell you we're in extreme climate change right now", Osby said. And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we're now witnessing and will continue to witness.

More than 8,000 firefighters battled wildfires that scorched more than 325 square miles of the state, with the flames feeding on dry brush and driven by winds that had a blowtorch effect.

In fact, the number of large fires across the Western U.S. has increased five-fold since the 1970s, says Balch. In a state of utter grief, she took to her Twitter account and tweeted that she has lost her home to the raging California wildfires.

The Woolsey Fire engulfed parts of Thousand Oaks, where the community is still shell-shocked after a Marine Corps veteran recently shot dead 12 people in a country music bar.

In Northern California, Sheriff Honea said the devastation was so complete in some neighborhoods that "it's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there".

"From a scientific perspective, these fires did not behave in unexpected ways given the conditions at the time of ignition: dry climate, low vegetation moisture, and prolonged intense seasonal winds", the RMS analysis states.

The blaze has consumed around 85,500 acres, destroyed at least 177 buildings and was 15 percent contained, Cal Fire said.

More than 300,000 people have now been evacuated across California.

"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago". A TV news crew located Martin Sheen safe on Friday night at Zuma Beach in Malibu, where he said the couple were fine and "probably going to sleep in the vehicle tonight".

Kourtney Kardashian and her family evacuated their home.

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