Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Trump approves emergency declaration for California as wildfires rage across state

Vehicles and homes burn as the Camp Fire rips through Paradise California on Thursday November 8. A state of emergency has been declared in Butte County where thousands have been forced to evacuate California wildfire turns deadly, leaves nine dead Photogallery - Times of India
Patty Aguilar | 15 November, 2018, 05:35

President Donald Trump said Saturday via Twiitter that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California". "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

Authorities say nine people have been confirmed dead in a Northern California wildfire. "It was the event we have feared for a long time", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a Friday evening news conference. There are still 35 people missing. These are strong, dry winds that high-pressure systems push from east to west, from the mountains and desert areas down into the Los Angeles area. Osby noted that a November 1993 wildfire in Malibu destroyed more than 270 homes and said he would not be surprised if the total from the current fire would be higher. Nine people have died in the infernos, some found still near their cars and others near or in their homes in what remains of Paradise, a northern California community of 27,000 people.

In Southern California, Venture County Fire Department Assistant Chief Chad Cook said drought and wind conditions have also played a role.

The Camp Fire's most significant growth period was early Thursday afternoon, when it grew 10,000 acres in about 90 minutes - burning the equivalent of more than one football field every second during that time.

'Things started exploding, ' said resident Gina Oviedo.

Two destructive wildfires also burned in Southern California, tearing through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes and killing two people.

The Ventura County Fire Department said the blaze had burned around 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares) and evacuation orders were issued for some 88,000 homes in Ventura County and neighboring Los Angeles County. A massive wildfire swept through the area, Thursday, and the roads were so clogged with vehicles, that some drivers left their cars and ran to escape the flames.

Flames engulfed hospitals, homes and other structures as it whipped through Paradise.

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A blaze is also approaching LA Zoo.

Fultz's mother, 61-year-old Tricia Fultz, said everyone expected the fire to stay well south of their property, but shifting winds forced them to take the horses out to open pastures as quickly as they could.

"Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home".

Progress was made on the lines of smaller fire to the west in Ventura County, which was 70 per cent contained at about 7 square miles (18 square kilometres), and evacuations were greatly reduced.

SoCal Edison said the report was submitted out of an abundance of caution although there was no indication from fire officials that its equipment may have been involved.

On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 101 and headed into coastal areas.

Among the celebrity homes reportedly damaged - if not destroyed - was the home of Caitlyn Jenner, who posted an Instagram video reporting that she was in a safe house, but wasn't sure what has become of her home.

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