California Wildfires Continue to Rage As Death Tolls Climb

Camp fire's death toll mounts in Paradise as the search for victims continues

Firefighter Brian Carter keeps an eye the Camp fire along the North Fork of the Feather River on Sunday

The Camp Fire in Northern California's Butte County, which started on November 8, has burned 111,000 acres, destroyed more than 6,700 homes and business, killed 29 people and almost wiped the Sierra foothills town of Paradise off the map.

Dry hot weather and Santa Ana winds that are conducive to fire development are expected to last through the week.

Actor Gerard Butler has revealed his house has been destroyed by the California wildfires.

Then, there are the Woolsey and Hills fires in Southern California, which have collectively destroyed more than 96,000 acres across L.A. and Ventura counties.

Authorities in Northern California said six more bodies were found in the scorched path of what officials call the Camp Fire, which earlier was blamed for 23 deaths. The Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California have burned more than 85,000 acres, including in the wealthy town of Malibu, claimed at least two lives and forced the evacuation of more than 250,000 people.

"Stay safe, California - and keep those prayers coming America", Wilson said on his Twitter account, where over the weekend he was sharing photos of some of the more than 100 people missing in the huge wildfire in Northern California that has killed at least 23.

Several people were found dead Thursday in the torched town of Paradise, which has been nearly entirely decimated by the Hill Fire, authorities said.

Fires, especially ones that ravage homes and send families away without warning, often leave pets lost and separated from their owners.

The state fire agency said Monday that the fire had grown to 303 square kilometers and was 25 per cent contained.

For additional coverage of the wildfires, go to latimes.com for the latest updates.

The statewide death toll from wildfires over the past week has reached 44. The appeal came a day after Trump threatened to cut funding for California, blaming the fires on poor forest management.

Steve Kaufmann, a Ventura County Fire Department captain, said 6,713 structures have been leveled by the Camp Fire - among them, 6,435 homes.

The Woolsey Fire is only 10 percent contained. "Just remember things can be replaced but we can't", said one.

Discussing the afternoon after the shooting, Fox told NPR's David Greene, "We very quickly pivoted into an evacuation center for fire". "Firefighters worked through the night to hold perimeter lines and provide structure defense in areas where the fire was impacting structures. Right now everybody's just watching to see what happens", he said. "If there's a fire in your neighbourhood, don't wait for an evacuation order, leave", Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby told a news conference. Officials said they expect the wind to die down by midday Monday, but there was still no rain in sight.

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