Gerard Butler Opens Up About Home Partially Destroyed in California Wildfires

A member of the Sacramento County Coroner's office looks for human remains in the rubble of a house in Paradise

A member of the Sacramento County Coroner's office looks for human remains in the rubble of a house in Paradise

CHICO, Calif. A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California's deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends.

"This week, California has experienced the most destructive fires we have seen in its history", California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Scott Jalbert said during a news conference Sunday.

Five days after flames all but obliterated the Northern California town of Paradise, population 27,000, officials were unsure of the exact number of missing.

There are now four fires blazing in the U.S. state of California, with the newly ignited Sierra Fire starting on Tuesday in San Bernardino County.

He has requested portable morgue teams from the USA military, as well as a disaster mortuary crew, additional cadaver dogs and forensic anthropology units.

The company went on to report to state regulators on Thursday, Nov. 8 that there was a malfunction on a nearby electrical transmission line just minutes before the first report of the Camp Fire broke.

The origins of both the Camp and Woolsey fires are under investigation.

The killer blaze had blackened 52,600 hectares of drought-parched scrub by Tuesday but crews had carved containment lines around a third of the fire's expanding perimeter, helped by diminished winds and high humidity. It has destroyed 6,453 homes and 260 commercial structures. The Camp Fire, which has killed 48 people and become the deadliest wildfire in California's history, had incinerated nearly the entire town of Paradise by Monday.

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A National Guard contingent of 100 military police trained to seek and identify human remains will reinforce coroner-led recovery teams, cadaver dogs and forensic anthropologists already scouring the ghostly landscape, left by a fire that has killed at least 48 people, some burned beyond recognition.

More than 15,000 structures were threatened by the Camp Fire on Monday in an area so thick with smoke that visibility was reduced in some places to less than half a mile. As many as 250,000 people were ordered out at the height of the fire. Firefighters pulled her inside, but they, too, were trapped, she said - until a bulldozer came through and cleared a path to safety.

The area where state firefighting officials says the blaze started appears to be on or adjacent to Cowley's property.

"We don't specifically have a time frame", said Cal Fire incident commander Todd Durham.

The state-wide fatality count of 51 far exceeds the previous record for the greatest loss of life from wildfires in California history - 29 people killed by the Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles in 1933. It noted that investigators have not yet determined the cause of the blaze.

"It [the fire] was so fast", Dise said.

"I thought I was going to go home because I work at the hospital and we had to evacuate all the people, and I go, 'Oh, I'm coming back home, ' but I did not know it was this bad", Smith told CNN affiliate KCRA. The company reported a $1 billion net loss in the second quarter of this year, driven by almost $1.6 billion in wildfire costs, and net income of $550 million for the third quarter.

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