Wildfires deadliest on record in California with 31 killed

With California's Raging Fires, Fear And Devastation

With California's Raging Fires, Fear And Devastation

This annotated DigitalGlobe image overlays location information on a view of the deadly Camp Fire in northern California taken november 9, 2018 by the WorldView-3 satellite.

Two more people were killed in the southern fire, near Malibu.

The wildfires in California continue to spread, even as firefighters battle the blazes.

Since the fire began to spread Thursday, a number of stars have lost their homes - The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer and singer Robin Thicke among them. Right now, families are in mourning, thousands have lost homes, and a quarter-million Americans have been forced to flee.

If granted, the major disaster declaration would trigger new fiscal and physical resources from federal agencies.

President Donald Trump has alternated between offering sympathy for displaced people and firefighters, and lashing out at California's leaders over what he deemed poor forest management. The Tubbs Fire killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,500 structures.

The town and surrounding area bore the brunt of the inferno, which started in nearby forest on Thursday.

"The fact of the matter is if you look at the state of California, climate challenge is happening statewide", Osby said, adding that "it is going to be here for the foreseeable future".

The mayor of Paradise, Jody Jones, gave the BBC an update on the situation in the town.

McGregor said he probably would not rebuild: "I have nothing here to go back to". "I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires & grieving for the loss of their homes or loved ones".

If you live in Ventura Country, their emergency information site is providing up-to-the-minute details on the Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire. It is only 10% contained.

Progress was made on the lines of smaller fire to the west in Ventura County, which was 70 percent contained at about 7 square miles (18 square kilometers), and evacuations were greatly reduced.

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The count of lost structures in both Southern California fires climbed to almost 180, authorities said, and that number seemed certain to rise.

She, her husband and six others rode out the fire in a tunnel a short distance up the road as the fire burned the hillsides above and all around them.

Fanned by strong winds, it has so far scorched 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares) and is 20 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said Saturday. Authorities expect the death toll to increase in the coming days... Officials said they expect the wind to die down by midday Monday, but there was still no rain in sight.

"Winds are already blowing".

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

Huge plumes of smoke rose in the fire area, which stretches miles from the northwest corner of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley to the Malibu coast.

What do the politicians say?

MacDonald called Trump's tweet an "insult and so uninformed".

Professional firefighter organizations said Trump's messages are attacking the thousands of people fighting the devastating fires.

On Sunday morning he posted: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

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.

In a tweet on Saturday, he again accused state authorities of "gross mismanagement".

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