Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Horse That Escaped Flames During Camp Fire Rescued From Pool

California Highway Patrol officers came to the aid of this potbelly pig they rescued in Butte County as the Camp Fire continues to burn PHOTOS: California wildfires kill dozens, displace thousands, and lay waste to celebrity homes
Michele Schwartz | 15 November, 2018, 07:28

CHICO, Calif. A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California's deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends.

The town, about 280 kilometres north of San Francisco, was overrun by flames last week.

And Magalia, California, resident Lorrie Lundy says the area utility Pacific Gas & Electric is in part responsible for the Camp Fire.

Three portable morgue teams have been requested from the USA military along with a "disaster mortuary" crew and three groups of forensic anthropologists. That means with anything you buy on the site today (whether it be a singular Beautyblender ($20), the Beautyblender Bounce Liquid Whip Foundation ($40), or any of the brand's gift sets) you will be helping provide relief for those impacted by the fires.

While the Hill Fire is 90 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, the Woolsey Fire is only 35 percent contained, and the Camp Fire 30 percent contained.

The company had reported an incident with a power line in the area where the Camp Fire started just minutes before the blaze was spotted, USA media say.

While prospects for suppressing the fire grew more hopeful, authorities stepped up the grim task of sifting through rubble of homes obliterated in wind-driven flames that roared through Paradise, sending residents fleeing for their lives.

At the other end of the state, in Southern California, firefighters continued making progress against a blaze that killed two people in star-studded Malibu and destroyed over 400 structures.

Yuba and Butte County Sheriff officers inspect a burned vehicle after discovering remains nearby in Concow, California, on 11 November, 2018 after the Camp fire ripped through the area.

More than 15,000 structures were threatened by the Camp Fire on Monday in an area so thick with smoke that visibility was reduced in some places to less than half a mile.

Chaplains accompanied some coroner search teams that visited dozens of addresses belonging to people reported missing. Jordan said no one seemed to know whether they were able to get out or whether their house was still standing. "Your house can be rebuilt but you can't bring your life back", said Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby.

The latest death toll announced after authorities found the remains of another 13 victims.

"If you're going to die, die fighting", she said, tearfully recalling his words.

"We don't specifically have a time frame", said Cal Fire incident commander Todd Durham.

"I stayed calm but I was terrified", Pierce said.

As for what caused the two deadly fires, that remains under investigation.

The previous record was 29 deaths caused by the 1933 Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles and 25 in the Oakland Hills fire in 1991.

"It [the fire] was so fast", Dise said.

Firefighters will continue to strengthen containment lines throughout the day and keep an eye out for hot spots in the area, Cal Fire said.

More than 5,100 firefighters are working the fire with 622 fire trucks, 21 helicopters and 71 water tankers.

A lack of rainfall beginning in 2012 led California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in 2014, The Sacramento Bee reported.

President Donald Trump has requested a major disaster declaration for California, after taking flack for blaming the devastation on poor forestry management over the weekend.

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