Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

California Fire Killed at Least 42, Bodies Found in Cars and Homes

California Fire Killed at Least 42, Bodies Found in Cars and Homes

The worst of the blazes was in Northern California, where the number of people killed in that fire alone, at least 23, made it the third-deadliest on record in the state.

The fire that began Thursday morning and devastated the town of Paradise now matches the 1933 Griffith Park Fire in Los Angeles as the state's cruelest in human cost.

"In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments", Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea told reporters.

The sheriff said that authorities have received more than 500 calls about friends and family members who are missing, and that 107 of them have been located. The dead were so badly burned that authorities brought in a mobile DNA lab and consulted forensic anthropologists for help in identifying them.

Meanwhile, in southern California, two deaths have been connected to the Woolsey fire near Malibu.

Gerard Butler has revealed that his home in Malibu has been destroyed in the California wildfires.

Shannen Doherty said online "our house is fine", adding she was heartbroken that a friend's Malibu home where she was married in 2011 had burned. "As we drove to safety, they risked their lives trying to save our home".

Hollywood cut back on the glamor trappings of movie premieres as a vast wildfire destroyed or imperiled the homes of celebrities and other Southern California residents.

He ran across a few of his mother's neighbours, but no one had seen her.

A series of wildfires in Northern California wine country last fall killed 44 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes.

At least 31 people have died in the California wildfires that have been ravaging the state for days.

Firefighters on Sunday managed to contain flare-ups generated by high winds in canyons along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and Bell Canyon in Ventura County, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. "We know tens of thousands of residents will be displaced and many will be left homeless", he wrote in his letter to the president.

California governor Jerry Brown is urging President Donald to issue a "major disaster declaration".

More than 8,000 firefighters in all battled three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometers) in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive and gusty, blowtorch winds starting up again.

Reality star Kim Kardashian, actress Alyssa Milano, Orlando Bloom, Lady Gaga and director Guillermo del Toro were also among the celebrities forced to pack up and flee their upscale homes in Calabasas and Malibu, with flames licking at their heels.

"The President's message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines", California Professional Firefighters President Brian K. Rice said, according to CNN.

State officials have blamed climate change and said numerous burn areas have been in federally managed lands.

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