Number Of Dead Reaches 29 In California Wildfire, Deadliest In State

A home is engulfed in flames during the Woolsey Fire in Malibu California

A home is engulfed in flames during the Woolsey Fire in Malibu California

About 300,000 people statewide were under evacuation orders, majority in Southern California.

Ten search teams were working in Paradise - a town of 27,000 that was largely incinerated last week - and in surrounding communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Over 8,000 firefighters have been tackling the massive blaze, which reportedly covers around 397 square miles.

The firefighters are among 200 firefighters from across Texas being deployed to California.

"This is truly a tragedy that all Californians can understand and respond to", Gov.

Brown said, "forest management is one element - it's only one".

President Donald Trump has blamed "poor" forest management for the fires. He said that they are requesting federal aid, but also pointed out that there will have to be more investment in "adaptation" in regards to "climate and the warming climate".

Earlier it was reported that 31 people had died, including 29 in northern California and two in the south of the state.

Firefighters fended off strong winds overnight and gained modest ground against the blaze, which grew slightly to 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) from the day before and was 25 percent contained, up from 20 percent, said David Clark, a spokesman for the state fire agency.

The others are in Southern California - the Woolsey and Hill fires. Despite earlier news reports, including by Reuters, that the fire had destroyed the home of Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender advocate and former athlete, her publicist said on Sunday that it had survived. Authorities estimated that more than 6,000 structures were destroyed.

"Malibu is a really small community and gets a bad rap for being this kind of elitist, snobby place, and it's exactly the opposite", Gibbs told The Los Angeles Times.

All told, more than 8,000 firefighters battled three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometers) in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive and gusty, blowtorch winds making their return. Gerard Butler took to Twitter to share a photo of his home in Malibu that was a casualty of the fires.

Ventura county is also the location of a mass shooting this week that killed 12 people. "He's having a hard time accepting", Breeding said of Walker's husband. Much of what makes the city function is gone.

The president of the International Association of Fire Fighters said: "His comments are reckless and insulting to the firefighters and people being affected".

Ten of the bodies were found in the town of Paradise while four were discovered in the Concow area, both in Butte County, Honea said.

"The only thing we're not concerned about is the ocean", fire chief Osby said. You risk your lives for us, and I'm so humbled by your bravery. She and her brother called shelters, hospitals, the sheriff's department and the coroner's office.

McGregor said he probably would not rebuild: "I have nothing here to go back to".

She bought the house after selling the one she lived in with ex-husband Kelsey Grammer of Cheers and Frasier fame.

"I'm also under a dark emotional cloud".

On Friday she posted an image of billowing smoke with the image: "Our house is somewhere in there". She previously said her heart was with others facing "this terrible disaster".

At the southern end of the state, where the "Woolsey Fire" is threatening mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal celebrity redoubt of Malibu, the death toll has been limited to two victims found in a vehicle on a private driveway.

Clark says crews are at a "pivotal point" and that high winds and dry conditions similar to when the fire started Thursday are expected for the next 24 hours.

"We are really just in the middle of this protracted weather event, this fire siege", Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said.

Local power authorities have told state officials an outage occurred near the spot where the fire erupted, The Sacramento Bee reported, but there is still no official cause of the Camp Fire blaze.

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