Scale of California's Deadly Camp Fire Shown in Satellite Photos

James Marshall
November 12, 2018

The number of dead in a wildfire raging in California rose to 29 on Sunday, matching the deadliest in the state's history as recovery teams found six more bodies in the grim search through the wreckage.

Firefighters work to extinguish a flare-up of the Woolsey Fire on a hillside in West Hills, California, USA, 11 November 2018.

"Half-gone" the actor grumbled in his Scottish accent in a video that shows embers, ashes and what was left of his home. The area was overrun by the Woosley Fire which has consumed 70,000 acres as of 11/10/2018. Statewide, the twin fires in northern and southern California have killed almost 30 people and forced 300,000 residents from their homes.

In Southern California, two deaths were reported from the Woolsey and Hill fires.

The Santa Ana winds surged down from the high country just as local and state officials held their 9.30am news conference.

"We are entering a new normal". They are going to blow for the next three days.

"It was way too big a firestorm, " said Lani Netter, whose Malibu home was spared while her neighbor's burned.

Fanned by strong winds, the "Camp Fire" has scorched 111,000 acres (45,000 hectares) and is 25 percent contained, Cal Fire said.

A auto park in Paradise, California, is a staging area for hearses as search teams try to find bodies of casualties in the fires.

It is now equals the deadliest wildfire on record in California - the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles.

Several of the bodies discovered earlier this week were found in or near burned out cars, police have said.

In Paradise, a town of 27,000 people roughly 350 kilometres north of San Francisco, more than 6,700 structures have been destroyed by the flames.

Milano said her house was "still in jeopardy" as strong winds kicked up again on Sunday.

Los Angeles County Fire chief Daryl Osby told reporters of his gratitude to firefighters "who've done all they could do save tens of thousands of people's lives and thousands of people's homes". Trump added.On Saturday, Trump also declared a state of emergency in California.

"To make crass suggestions such as cutting off funding during a time of crisis shows a troubling lack of real comprehension about the disaster at hand and the risky job our fire fighters do", Harold Schaitberger, General President of IAFF, which represents paid full-time firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in the United States and Canada, said.

Firefight unions gave a blistering response to President Donald Trump's suggestion that the government should cancel federal financial relief over so-called "gross mismanagement of the forests".

The Republican president has previously blamed California officials for fires and threatened to withhold funding, saying the state should do more to remove rotten trees and other debris that fuel blazes.

Rice also said California does not mismanage its forests, namely because 60 percent of the state's forests are federally-managed.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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