Miley Cyrus loses home in California wildfires

Cristina Cross
November 12, 2018

Some demanded to know why there weren't more firefighters and why there wasn't more communication when the fire broke out.

The Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire in southern California, and the Camp Fire, in the northern part of the state, erupted Thursday fueled by drought conditions and wind.

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

So far this year an area larger than Belgium and Luxembourg has burned, well above the average.

But he has now extended his sympathies to those affected.

Information on Camp Fire affecting Butte County can be found on CA.gov.

The officials pounded home a warning to residents: Don't go back into the mandatory evacuation zones.

In the ruins of Paradise teams are sifting through the ashes, trying to find and identify human remains.

The largest inferno - the so-called "Camp Fire" in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento - has destroyed 6,700 homes, business and other buildings in the town of Paradise, effectively wiping it off the map.

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The Kardashians and Will Smith are among the celebrities who fled their homes for safety.

A quarter of a million people are under evacuation orders.

Cal Fire has not yet determined the precise cause of either the Camp or Tubbs Fires. Others had to abandon their cars and try to escape the flames on foot, while some did not make it.

The deadliest wildfire to hit the state, according to U.S. authorities, with 31 dead and 228 people unaccounted for.

The deaths came as authorities in Northern California announced the death toll from a massive wildfire there has reached 23 people, bringing the statewide total to 25.

From miles around, acrid smoke could be seen in the sky around Paradise, the sun barely visible. The Hill Fire in Ventura County at Santa Rosa Valley and has burned through more than 4,500 acres, with 70% of the fire contained. Authorities expect that strong northeastern winds will start up again in the evening, potentially spreading across one of California's biggest lakes into the city of Oroville.

Where is the Woolsey Fire?

On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 101 and headed into coastal areas.

Hundreds of kilometres to the south, at least two people died in the Woolsey blaze, which is threatening the wealthy beach community of Malibu, near Los Angeles.

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The severely burned bodies were discovered in a long residential driveway in celebrity-studded Malibu, where residents forced from their homes included Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Guillermo del Toro and Martin Sheen.

More than 2,000 firefighters were deployed to battle the fire.

A one-day lull in the dry, northeasterly winds ended at midmorning and authorities warned that the gusts would continue through Tuesday.

Winds of up to 64 km per hour were forecast to blow across the area on Sunday.

They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze.

The president has previously blamed Californian officials for wildfires and threatened to withhold federal funding. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests", he declared in a tweet on Saturday.

Trump's "ill-informed" tweet President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation.

The death toll from the wildfire has hit 29, matching that of the deadliest to hit California, a local sheriff said on Sunday.

Three were still in their pens when the adjacent barn caught fire, and Tricia Fultz just had to open the pens, burning her hands and hoping for the best.

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