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California carnage: 31 dead in wildfires, 200 missing, 250k evacuated (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

California carnage: 31 dead in wildfires, 200 missing, 250k evacuated (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Almost 7,200 structures have been destroyed, and another 15,500 are at risk. A total of 29 bodies have so far been recovered from in and around Paradise, equaling the deadliest single fire on record, 1933's Griffith Park fire.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said that 228 people are still unaccounted for; many of them are probably in shelters, and authorities are working to resolve those cases, he said.

Actor James Woods, a rare political conservative in liberal Hollywood, has made new friends by using his Twitter account to help find missing people and getting help for pets, including horses.

The Sunshine State is not unfamiliar with wildfires.

You may have read that some of the smoke from the fires would be visible over New England today.

At least 75,000 homes and an estimated 265,000 people were evacuated in both counties as it consumed multi-million-dollar mansions and mobile homes.

Glenn Simmons, 64, told AFP in the nearby town of Chico that he had been sleeping in his auto since Thursday, unable to find a space in a shelter. "You could feel the heat coming in through the vehicle", she told CNN.

Nine law enforcement agencies had 42 people assigned to the search, in addition to 45 anthropologists from several institutions such as nearby California State University Chico and firefighters from 14 CalFire engine companies, said Megan McMann, community relations coordinator for the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

"I had to drive through the fire - it was very bad". "One of the things that I saw when I was up there is that there is so much debris in some of these areas that it's very hard to determine whether or not there might be human remains there".

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"It was traumatising, we will be traumatised for a long time".

Numerous victims are believed to be elderly residents or people with mobility issues who would find evacuating more hard.

The search for bodies is continuing.

The separate Woosley Blaze started on Thursday near Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64km) north-west of central Los Angeles. It is only 10% contained. Along with many other celebrities, Young's Malibu home was lost to the blaze.

"We're putting everything we've got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid", Brown's letter said.

In Northern California, fire crews still fighting the blaze that obliterated Paradise contended with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) overnight, the flames jumping 300 feet across Lake Oroville.

Thousands of fire personnel are battling to contain the flames which are being fanned by strong Santa Ana winds. The declaration will also help state and local governments with their ongoing emergency and recovery efforts. That number is nearly double what it was in the 1970s, and people are living closer to at-risk forest areas. But climate change makes that worse. Our temperatures are higher than ever here in our hottest summer on record.

"We are entering a new normal".

Thousands of firefighters, some from across the USA, have been brought in to help battle the blazes.


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