Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The Manmade Causes Of California's Endless Fire Season

The Manmade Causes Of California's Endless Fire Season

At least 29 people were confirmed dead in the wildfire that obliterated the Northern California town of Paradise, equaling the deadliest blaze in state history.

The death toll in California has risen to 31 and 228 people are still missing as three major wildfires continue to sweep across the state.

Entire neighbourhoods were levelled, destroying more than 6700 buildings, nearly all of them homes, and the business district was destroyed by a blaze that threatened to explode again with the same fury that largely incinerated the foothill town. This grim statistic surpasses the 29 Los Angelenos killed by the Griffith Park Fire in 1933.

Police say some of the bodies were found in or near burned out cars on the only road out of the town.

Speaking on CNN, Honea said while he holds out hope that many people listed as missing will turn up safe, "given what we've dealt with so far with casualties as a result of this fire, I have concerns that it (the death toll) will rise".

Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify victims. The Camp Fire that ravaged a swath of Northern California was the deadliest.

In Southern California, the Woolsey Fire had forced authorities to issue evacuation orders for a quarter million people in Ventura and Los Angeles counties and beachside communities including the Malibu beach colony.

Robin Thicke's Malibu home was destroyed, according to his representative.

Find out how you can help first responders, people, and animals affected by the fires across California here.

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The probe targets PG&E in northern California and Southern California Edison Company, the Bay Area News Group reported.

"LA is a pretty great place but if fires are all we have to deal with, you know, we're lucky", "Rules of Engagement" actor Oliver Hudson told the AP at a charity event in Culver City.

The utility, which has been criticised and sued in a number of other large and deadly fires across California, had announced before the blaze started that it might shut down power in nine counties, including Butte County where Pulga and Paradise are, because of extreme fire danger.

Numerous missing are from Butte County, where the most destructive fire in state history is burning. Los Angeles County Fire chief Daryl Osby told reporters of his gratitude to firefighters "who've done all they could do save tens of thousands of people's lives and thousands of people's homes".

California Gov. Jerry Brown also lamented the role of climate change in driving the fires. As of Sunday, it had burned 83,000 acres and at least 177 buildings and was 10 percent contained.

Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu home survived the fire, despite TMZ reports on Friday that said it had burnt down. No one knows if they were able to evacuate, or even if their house still exists, she said.

"It's insane to think that a fire so far away could come so close", he said.

In Southern California, firefighters beat back a new round of winds Sunday and the fire's spread was believed to have been largely stopped, though extremely low humidity and gusty Santa Ana winds were in the forecast through at least Tuesday.

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