Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

After the flames, California recovery crews face grim search for victims

After the flames, California recovery crews face grim search for victims

Bush said Thursday was her day off, so she planned to sleep in and do some chores around the house.

Cal Fire said 3,592 firefighters were battling the "Woolsey Fire" assisted by 22 helicopters.

To the south, Woolsey Fire has blackened almost 94,000 acres and was also 30 percent contained as of Monday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

Randy and Paula Dodge are among hundreds of people reported missing after a massive blaze, called the Camp Fire, levelled the Northern California town of 27,000.

The 48-year-old actor had his home damaged in the devastating fires but it remains standing with mostly belongings lost to the fire, and he has revealed that he has now taken in families who lost their entire homes.

Paradise, home to some 27,000 residents, has become the ground zero for the wildfire tearing through Northern California.

Honea said earlier this week that law enforcement would be getting "cadaver" dogs to detect bodies left in the ashes of the Camp fire and a "rapid DNA system" to identify the victims.

Butte County has seen less than an inch of rainfall in more than 30 weeks.

'I was one of the lucky ones, my home was only partially destroyed.

Firefighters are now bracing for the return of the Santa Ana winds, which threaten to fuel the enormous Woolsey blaze stretching from north of Los Angeles to the Pacific coast, which is at 35 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. "I'm not feeling almost the amount of wind and it's a little bit cooler this morning".

Countless homes and businesses have been destroyed and at least 44 people have died in the fires that broke out last week, despite the tireless efforts of thousands of firefighters across the state. The Butte County town has been all but wiped clean off the map by a fire that's claimed an estimated 6,700 homes and structures, some of which belonged to the emergency responders who were fighting to evacuate the town and get residents to safety.

President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for California Monday, which will allow access to federal funding and other resources to help those affected by the fires.

"Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that the dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they're going to intensify", Brown said.

"This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal", California Governor Jerry Brown said in a stark warning over the likely damaging effects of climate change.

As wildfires rage these days in southern California, burning glitzy towns like Malibu, the roster of evacuees reads like the guest list at the Oscars.

Over the weekend, the "Woolsey Fire" engulfed parts of Thousand Oaks, where a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday. We have a lot of friends who their houses are gone, all Malibu park is gone.

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