Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Gov. Abbott sending fire crews to CA to fight wildfires

Gov. Abbott sending fire crews to CA to fight wildfires

They are the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties (which has burned 83,275 acres and is 5-percent contained), and the Hill Fire (which has burned 4,531 acres and is 65-percent contained), according to Cal Fire.

As wildfires continue to burn in California, new satellite photos show the massive scale of the deadly Camp Fire that has devastated the state's northern town of Paradise.

Spot fires continued to occur late Sunday afternoon near the Malibu campus of Pepperdine University, where 3,500 students were sheltering in place. There are also sites providing local updates for Los Angeles County, as well as the City of Los Angeles.

In the ruins of Paradise teams are sifting through the ashes, trying to find and identify human remains. Names of the victims have not been released.

The smoke, like orange fog, that enveloped Chico and surrounding towns on Friday gave way to a low-lying haze that spread all the way up to Redding over the weekend, thanks to a shift in winds.

He'd been forced to evacuate - but returned to the burned out shell of his home.

FEMA has already granted a state request for emergency aid.

President Donald Trump has blamed "poor" forest management for the fires. On Sunday morning, Trump reiterated in a tweet, "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

California fire spokesman David Clark said Sunday that the Camp Fire grew slightly to 170 square miles (440 square kilometres), from 164 square miles (425 square kilometres) Saturday night.

Officials shot back that increasingly destructive fires are a result of global warming, which dries out vegetation and turns large swathes of grassland into a tinderbox.

That change has impacted the ability to move firefighting resources around the state, officials said.

California wildfires: The most destructive in state's history
Wind-driven flames move across Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire on November 9, 2018 near Malibu, California. Thousands of people have been evacuated from a wildfire in Butte County, California , which is north of Sacramento.

Statewide, 150,000 remained displaced as more than 8,000 fire crews battled wildfires that have scorched 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometres), with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive.

Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, told CNN that he thought the tweet from the president were "reckless and insulting" to the firefighters and people being affected by the fires.

The flames raced from the Conejo Valley to the Pacific Ocean, across Highway 101 and the Santa Monica mountains, at speeds that shocked veteran fire officials. The severely burned bodies were discovered in a long residential driveway in Malibu, home to a multitude of Hollywood celebrities.

Residents fled for their lives as more than 6,700 homes and businesses were destroyed, making the fire the most destructive in the state's history.

In southern California, a quarter million people are under evacuation orders in Ventura Country and neighboring Los Angeles County due to wildfires.

Three were still in their pens when the adjacent barn caught fire, and Tricia Fultz just had to open the pens, burning her hands and hoping for the best.

Cal Fire officials said the cause was under investigation.

Almost 6,500 residences have been destroyed and another 15,000 threatened, according to emergency officials. Stay away. It's not safe.

Mansions belonging to movie star Gerard Butler and singer Robin Thicke were among at least 177 homes lost in the Southern California fire.

He said the footprint of the Woolsey Fire contains many unburned areas that are vulnerable to embers stoked by gusts that could reach 64kmh. "You can imagine dropping a cup of water into these winds.

It doesn't seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor", Kardashian West said.

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