Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

'Nothing here': Returning to rubble in Northern California

'Nothing here': Returning to rubble in Northern California

Reuters The Camp Fire burns along a ridge near Big Bend, California, U.S. November 10, 2018. According to officials five people of the dead were found in cars in a town that was destroyed by the Camp Fire in the north of California.

"It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us", Bass said.

That made it one of the most destructive blazes in state history, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire protection data.

More than 250,000 have been evacuated across the state of California, which is now battling three wildfires, fanned by strong winds.

The Ventura blazes erupted days after a gunman opened fire in a crowded country music bar in the county, killing 12. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted a list of evacuation centers for those leaving their homes; they include the Borchard Community Center, Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center, Camarillo Community Center, 1000 Oaks Teen Center, Goebel Community Center, Taft High School and Pierce College.

About 20 of the same deputies who were helping to find and rescue people lost their own homes, Sheriff Kory Honea said.

The Woolsey Fire that started east of Simi Valley on Thursday and moved toward Los Angeles County has burned 70,000 acres, or 109 square miles, Cal Fire said Saturday. It doesn't seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor.

The two bodies were found severely burned inside a auto on a long residential driveway in Malibu, Los Angeles County sheriff's Chief John Benedict said.

Three-quarters of the city of 130,000 was under evacuation orders - and that likely included people affected by the shooting, Mayor Andy Fox said.

California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to provide assistance to the fire-hit areas.

California wildfires: The most destructive in state's history
President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration providing federal funding for fires on both ends of the state. The bodies of two people have been discovered in Malibu but it is unclear whether their deaths were caused by fire.

In the cities of Calabasas and Malibu, home to many celebrities, some of them have written about this fire in social networks.

The flames destroyed hundreds of homes, a hospital, a gas station, several restaurants and numerous vehicles in Paradise, officials said.

Heavy smoke and strong winds hampered visibility for crews on the fire lines and residents trying to evacuate fire zones.

In the North, another huge fire engulfed the city of Paradise, where nine people were killed, another 35 are missing.

Venture County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen hadn't heard about the Edison report.

With major wildfires still roaring out of control in California, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to blame "gross mismanagement of the forest" for the catastrophe and threatened to withhold federal funds if the issue is not remedied.

By late Friday night, the smaller Hill fire's advance had halted, but the Woolsey fire continued to surge.

Evacuees trapped in traffic abandoned their cars and ran with their children in tow as the Camp Fire quickly closed in in Northern California's Butte County.

But fire officials say fire behaviour has changed statewide after years of drought and record summer heat that have left vegetation extremely crisp and dry. Fire engines were not able to reach the fire, and firefighters were forced to hike in on foot and hose down vulnerable areas, while a firefighting helicopter hovered overhead.

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