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Wildfires in northern and southern California wreak havoc

11 November 2018

Winds could gust as high as 30 to 40 miles per hour on Sunday, officials said. Nine people died there, some in their cars as they tried to flee the flames. "2207520000.1541887572./1202113766605566/?type=3&theater">according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Another 35 people had been reported missing and three firefighters had been injured. All the victims were found in the town of Paradise, which was evacuated as a result of the fire.

The bodies of five people were found in or near a vehicle, and the other four were in or outside a home.

"There are places where things are smoldering but, for the most part, the fire is done with Paradise", she said. Officials say the blaze is only 5 percent contained. Authorities expect the death toll to increase in the coming days...

Red flag warnings will return in the evening, McLean said, marking strong winds and dropping humidity.

Fanned by ferocious Santa Ana winds and fueled by dry tinder, the fires immolated a mountain town and jangled the nerves of many tens of thousands of residents forced to evacuate their homes.

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Two people were found dead along a highway in Malibu, but authorities in Los Angeles did not offer further details.

Crews made little progress overnight battling the two wind-whipped fires that have scorched thousands of acres and engulfed an untold number of homes and other structures in southern Ventura and northern Los Angeles counties.

Thousand Oaks was already reeling from a shooting at a country music bar that killed a dozen people this week.

A White House statement said the the declaration of emergency would help prevent "the threat of a catastrophe" across the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Butte.

Some 150 homes had been burned and the number was expected to rise, he said. It traveled into an old burn scar, where a previous fire had passed years ago.

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced Friday that 106 firefighters and 20 engines from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources would be sent to California.

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Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Caitlin Jenner and Guillermo del Toro among numerous celebrities forced to abandon their homes.

Feeling the heat from the flames, Rauscher's husband pulled out of the line of cars, cutting into what would have been the oncoming traffic lane.

One social media user from Calabasas shared shocking footage of what he referred to as a "fire tornado", writing: "This legitimately feels like biblical levels of destruction". Trump wrote on his Twitter page on late Saturday. The nearby Hill Fire ignited around the same time and has since grown to 6,100 acres. She said, "I don't know if I can do this".

Cher wrote on Twitter that she was anxious about her house "but there is nothing I can do".

Video shot from a news helicopter showed cars at a standstill on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, about 48km west of downtown Los Angeles. "The animals that were relocated have been safely moved back to their habitats and are doing well", the zoo said.

Ventura and Los Angeles county agencies have a unified command of the incident, in addition to CalFire. Kamala Harris tweeted Saturday. "We pretty much had enough time to get the dogs in the trunk".

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President Trump has blamed the large-scale devastation on gross mismanagement of the forests and warned of funding cuts. "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" he added.

Wildfires in northern and southern California wreak havoc