‘Devil winds’ add fuel to California fires, over 100 missing

FILE US singer Robin Thicke and his partner US model April Love Geary pose upon their arrival at the 2nd Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean 2018 held in Monaco on 26 September 2018

‘Devil winds’ add fuel to California fires, over 100 missing

The death toll from wildfires raging in California rose to 31 after six more people were found killed in what is poised to become the deadliest wildfire in state history.

Previously, the Tubbs Fire, which burned almost 16,000 hectares in Lake, Napa, and Sonoma counties in 2017, had been considered the most destructive wildfire in state history.

The fire has destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes, and killed 23 people.

Reports suggest over 180 homes have been lost in the Woolsey fire, which is still threatening several properties in Agoura, Topanga, Hidden Hills, West Hills, Calabasas, and Malibu, which has been under mandatory evacuation since Friday.

At least two have died in Southern California's Woolsey fire, and hundreds of thousands of residents have been displaced.

All told, an estimated 300,000 people statewide were under evacuation orders, majority in Southern California.

Southern California's wildfire has killed two and destroyed at least 177 homes.

Fire.ca.gov's Incident Information page provides everything you need to know about what's happening on the ground in these areas, with full evacuation info, available evacuation centers and shelters (including ones specifically for animals) and key road closings.

The worst of the blazes was in Northern California, where flames reduced the town of Paradise, population 27,000, to a smoking ruin days ago and continued to rage in surrounding communities. The sheriff's office in the stricken northern county set up a missing-persons call center to help connect people.

Winds of up to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) were expected on Sunday, and officials say the fire could take up to three weeks to be fully contained.

On Monday, actor Gerard Butler posted a photo of himself in front of his home, which had been destroyed by the fire.

The president of the California Professional Firefighters, Brian K Rice, said the message is an attack on some of the people fighting the devastating fires.

"Winds are already blowing".

Trump, on a trip to France, said in a Twitter post early Sunday, "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

Robin Thicke's Malibu home burned down entirely, according to his representative.

The fire hopscotched around the Oak Park neighborhood of 70-year-old Bill Bengston, leaving most houses untouched.

Gov. Jerry Brown said he is requesting a major-disaster declaration from President Donald Trump that would make victims eligible for crisis counseling, housing and unemployment help, and legal aid.

"Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating". "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".

After the press conference, Osby told the Guardian environmental changes had expanded fire season across the state. "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

"As we drove to safety, they risked their lives trying to save our home", Thicke said.

"At this desperate time, we would encourage the president to offer support in word and deed, instead of recrimination and blame".

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