Death toll rises in California wildfires

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The Woolsey Fire doubled in size from Friday night into Sunday, threatening thousands of homes after triggering mandatory evacuation orders for a quarter million people in the upscale Malibu beach colony as well as other communities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

As the Camp Fire burns nearby, a scorched vehicle rests by gas pumps near Pulga, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. That leaves a lot of dry vegetation to feed fires. It has killed at least 29 people.

"We're at a pivotal point now", said another Cal Fire official, David Clark. "He came back and it had burned to the ground".

Smoke billows from the Camp Fire as a firefighting helicopter flies near Pulga, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. "2207520000.1541887572./1202113766605566/?type=3&theater">according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. Names of the victims have not been released.

The fires have so far claimed the lives of 31 people, with 200 reported missing.

It took just a few hours for the fire to explode in size after breaking out early Thursday morning. Lining the fire zone streets are charred, abandoned cars that mark the moment families decided fleeing on foot was their safest option.

Southern California fire crews therefore only had capacity to focus on saving lives and structures as the fire moved and were unable to work on containing the flames for three days.

At least six firefighters have been injured in both blazes, according to CalFire.

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More than 3,200 personnel are involved in the firefighting effort.

Crews faced hot dry "devil winds" as they battled two giant wildfires raging at opposite ends of California on Sunday, including a blaze in the north that is now one of the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history. The report said the fire was reported around 2:24 p.m. Thursday, two minutes after the outage.

"I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires and grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones", Lady Gaga said in a tweet. But experts also pointed out to the president that places like Thousand Oaks, Malibu and Paradise were not "forests". The Hill Fire was 25% contained. The majority of those residents are in Los Angeles County, where 170,000 were evacuated.

U.S. authorities say more than 8,000 firefighters are battling three large wildfires in California that have destroyed thousands of structures. I've been praying for the area, firefighters, & all those affected'. It traveled into an old burn scar, where a previous fire had passed years ago. Actor Gerard Butler, who has starred in action films such as 300 and Gods of Egypt, lost his multimillion-dollar home. "I'm sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames". All we can do is pray together & for each other.

"I'm waiting to hear the fate of my home".

"California is vulnerable-not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think", Young said.

"This is getting bad", said meteorologist Marc Chenard, with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. On Monday, Caitlyn Jenner told fans her house wasn't damaged. "He's having a hard time accepting", Breeding said. "Thank you firefighters for all you do". Kamala Harris tweeted Saturday.

The Camp Fire burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in Paradise, more structures than any other California wildfire on record, and the death toll, which could rise, also makes it one of the deadliest.

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