Devastation In Bell Canyon: Woolsey Fire Leaves Path Of Destruction

Nov 11, 2018, 09:17
Devastation In Bell Canyon: Woolsey Fire Leaves Path Of Destruction

Experts have also said forest management was not a factor in California's two most destructive fires: the Camp fire, which has burned more than 6000 structures this week in Paradise, and the Tubbs fire past year in wine country. "It's a very unsafe and very serious situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.

Rescuers could be seen removing remains over a period of several hours in Paradise and placing them in a black hearse.

Nine people were found dead in and around the Northern California town of Paradise, where more than 6,700 homes and businesses were burned down by the 90,000-acre (36,400 hectares) Camp Fire, the state's most destructive on record, authorities said. Paradise is 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

She, her husband and six others rode out the fire in a tunnel a short distance up the road as the fire burned the hillsides above and all around them.

Locals fled the danger, but police told AFP some farmers returned to check on their cattle. "There's nothing much left standing", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott Maclean.

In total, there are now 14 wildfires blazing in California and acting governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency.

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Firefighters had hoped to stop the fire's march south at the wide expanse of US 101, but it jumped the freeway as the region's notorious Santa Ana winds spiked in the early morning hours. A list compiled by a local news affiliate reports a growing number of missing people after almost the entire town of Paradise, population roughly 30,000, has been destroyed.

They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze.

The nine people killed in the Camp Fire included four victims found in vehicles burned by the blaze in the area of Edgewood Lane, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. But winds that drove the ferocious flames have eased.

Savannah Rauscher said she got a reverse 911 call ordering her to evacuate her Edgewood Lane home at 8:30 a.m.

Kim Kardashian West, who was evacuated from the home she shares with her husband Kanye West in the Hidden Hills area of northwest of Los Angeles, posted a picture with her baby niece and told Instagram users: "We are all safe and that's all that matters".

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", Trump said in a tweet.

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Malibu, home to Hollywood stars, was also ordered to evacuate.

"One of the things that's lovely about Paradise are the trees and they're still here", she said. By Saturday, the flames were beaten back, and students were allowed to roam campus, university president Andrew K. Benton said in a statement.

Two bodies were found Friday evening on the 33000 block of Mulholland Highway, and investigators were still trying to determine the circumstances.

"It's so surreal because it's so dark, and when we're in the tunnel you can't see anything", Tricia Fultz said.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for more than 52,000 people in the scenic area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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