Victims Sue PG&E Over Northern California Wildfire

Cristina Cross
November 14, 2018

Hughes is one of the 30-plus officers who lost their homes in the blaze but continued to report for duty to help locate missing people and victims, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.

Many people are still missing, with specialist search teams combing the town of Paradise which was left nearly totally destroyed by flames.

Although the fire is now 35 percent contained, firefighters are still primarily focused on protecting life and structures, citing "extreme fire behavior" from the blaze that has drawn power from Santa Ana winds.

Forensic teams with cadaver dogs continue to comb through the charred landscape in Paradise. Three groups of forensic anthropologists were also called in to help, he said.

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It's now the deadliest blaze in California history.

Gerard Butler also confirmed that he was among the hundred of Californians who lost their homes, and posted a devastating video from his property. Of those cases, 231 individuals had turned up safe, he said.

The latest death toll announced after authorities found the remains of another 13 victims.

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

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The fires have spread with an erratic intensity that has strained firefighting resources while catching many residents by surprise. PG&E Corp, which operates in northern California, and Edison International, the owner of Southern California Edison Company, have reported to regulators that they experienced problems with transmission lines or substations in areas where fires were reported, just before or close to the time they started.

Others escaped by driving through tunnels of smoke and fire as flames licked at their vehicles on gridlocked roads dotted with abandoned cars.

More than 50,000 area residents remained under evacuation orders and 15,500 structures were still listed as threatened by the blaze.

Red Flag Warnings, the highest level fire alert, were issued by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) across the entire state stretching from the northern border with OR and the southern border with Mexico.

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Firefighters put out a red weather alert late in Southern California on Sunday, fearing high Santa Ana winds could reach up to 50 miles per hour and keep fanning the flames into Tuesday, making things worse before they get better.

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