Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Fire chief: climate change helped make California wildfires more devastating

Fire chief: climate change helped make California wildfires more devastating

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby stressed there were numerous hotspots and plenty of fuel that had not yet burned, but at sunset he said there had been huge successes despite "a very challenging day". More than 250,000 people, were evacuated, according to published reports.

In fire zones north and south, acrid smoke blanketed the sky. Thousands of people have evacuated with what little of their life's possession they could escape with.

According to Cal Fire, the fire has grown into 100,000 acres and was 20 percent contained by Saturday morning.

Lady Gaga, Martin Sheen and Kim Kardashian West were among the celebrities who joined thousands of others in evacuating from the affluent coastal city that is as well-known as its residents.

Similarly, Pacific Gas & Electric notified regulators there was a problem on an electrical transmission line minutes before a wind-driven fire erupted in Northern California on Thursday and destroyed the town of Paradise.

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. The flames descended on Paradise so fast that many people were forced to abandon their vehicles and run for their lives down the only road through the mountain town.

An AFP journalist saw recovery team workers discover, bag and drive away two bodies in the Paradise area on Sunday, and the death toll looked set to rise further with scores more people still unaccounted for.

Gusts of up to 15 miles per hour are possible in and around towns such as Chico and Oroville Sunday morning, but Baruffaldi said the winds should calm by the afternoon. But with strong winds projected through the beginning of the new week, containing the fire will be more hard.

Red flag warnings will return in the evening, McLean said, marking strong winds and dropping humidity. We're going to help our friends in California.

A quarter of a million people are under evacuation orders. The smaller Hill Fire covered 4,531 acres and was 70% contained. But she said she always feared a wildfire since she moved there 15 years ago, especially during recent years in which there's been nearly no rain.

The Hollywood A-list and firefighters joined together Saturday, hitting back at President Donald Trump's suggestion the wildfires that have raged through California took hold because of mismanagement by state officials. "It was like a firestorm, it was roaring", he told CNN affiliate KABC, referring to the Woolsey Fire.

Jenner posted an Instagram video late on Sunday saying their house made it, but described the scene in Malibu as "devastating".

As the state gets warmer each year, the threat of wildfires damaging property and taking lives grows more imminent.

"It's so surreal because it's so dark, and when we're in the tunnel you can't see anything, " Tricia Fultz said. "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

Firefighters battling the third-deadliest wildfire in California record fended off strong winds overnight and increased their handle on the blaze.

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