Dogs and portable morgues: Search intensifies in fire zone

Dogs and portable morgues: Search intensifies in fire zone

Dogs and portable morgues: Search intensifies in fire zone

The Camp Fire, which destroyed the town of Paradise Thursday, tied the 1933 Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles for the deadliest fire in California history when the death toll reached 29. The devastating Woolsey Fire has destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least two people, and the Hill Fire has scorched thousands of acres nearby.

The town's Skyway road was the main route out for people urgently trying to escape the town as the fire closed in.

Almost 9,000 firefighters, many from out of state, were battling to suppress the Camp Fire, the Woolsey Fire and a handful of smaller Southern California blazes, backed by squadrons of water-dropping helicopters and airplane tankers.

Search teams will fan out across the charred landscape of Paradise, California looking for human remains on Tuesday as authorities prepare for a rise in the deathcount from the state's deadliest wildfire.

The fire stormed through Paradise, leaving behind near-total devastation.

"It's just really sad", Butler, 49, told TMZ on Monday outside his Malibu property, which was partially consumed by the Woolsey Fire over the weekend.

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Myrna Pascua, whose husband was best friends with the 48-year-old called him a "tireless provider, a dependable and loyal friend, a considerate neighbour, and loving father".

The fire season in California usually runs from mid-summer and lasts until around the middle of October, however experts say they may now be expected year round.

At least 31 people are dead in wildfires across California.

News reports said the wildfire has threatened the homes of many celebrities, including Guillermo del Toro, Alyssa Milano, Will Smith, James Woods, Orlando Bloom, Melissa Etheridge, Cher and Pink. The practical challenge, Honea said, is finding the rest of the remains. The fire has destroyed more than 7,000 structures. "He would want to be remembered for being a San Franciscan through and through".

"We're starting to get a handle on this fire", said Captain Brian McGrath of the Ventura County Fire Department in an online briefing. Brown said federal and state governments must do more forest management but that climate change is the greater source of the problem.

PG&E had no comment on the email, and state officials said the cause of the inferno was under investigation.

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