Death toll from California wildfires rises to 44

14 November, 2018, 06:42 | Author: Eloise Houston
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In the devastating aftermath of the deadliest wildfire to hit California in 85 years, authorities are struggling with a grim task: searching for more than 200 missing people, some of whom are suspected to have been killed in a blaze that burned so hot that it melted metal.

However, California Governor Jerry Brown requested a major disaster declaration from US President Donald Trump, calling for the federal government to allocate more funds to the state for disaster relief as well as the rebuilding process.

To the south, Woolsey Fire has blackened almost 94,000 acres and was also 30 percent contained as of Monday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

Although the fire is now 35 percent contained, firefighters are still primarily focused on protecting life and structures, citing "extreme fire behavior" from the blaze that has drawn power from Santa Ana winds.

Paradise, which is home to many retirees and has experienced an unusually dry fall, was virtually razed to the ground by the fast-moving Camp Fire blaze.

"I was like, 'I think I'm done, '" said Allyn Pierce, a nurse who fled the fire in Paradise in his truck. The fire stormed through Paradise, leaving behind near-total devastation. "Firefighters actively fought the fire and worked aggressively".

The intensified effort to locate victims came on the sixth day of a blaze that incinerated more than 7,000 homes and other buildings, including most of Paradise, a town once home to 27,000 people.

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He also said he's going to rebuild his home.

That problem may be responsible for those deaths and thousands of destroyed structures.

And things will likely get worse in the coming days.

But the death toll is likely to climb further.

The Camp Fire also is the most destructive in California history, and the damage figures continue to mount.

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. In some cases, investigators have found only bone fragments.

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