Flames approaches a house, Friday with loud noise, under the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California. [Photo:DavidMcNew/GettyImages) MALIBU, California – At…
MALIBU, California – At least 25 people have died in massive fires in California, the authorities reported late on Saturday.
In northern California, 23 people have been reported dead in Camp Fire, making it the second deadliest fire in California history. Only Oakland Hills Four killed more people – 25 years in 1991.
In southern California, officials confirmed that two people died in Woolsey Fire near Malibu.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea warned of the possibility that more deaths will be detected in Camp Fire. He said that family members from reported reported abuses could submit DNA samples so that the authorities could check the samples to find more residues.
Honea said Saturday night that 14 bodies were recovered from Camp Fire. On Friday, the authorities announced that they had found nine bodies in paradise, a city of 27,000 in the Sierra Nevada hills. Some of the victims died in their cars as they tried to escape from the flame’s sudden approach.
The fire, which has burned at least 164 square kilometers and contains 65 percent, has destroyed 6,453 homes and a total of 6,713 structures. It is the most destructive fire in state history.
The dense smoke Saturday restricted the use of aircraft fighting Camp Fire, officials said.
Honea warned people to keep alert.
“We have another two-day strong winds with the potential to create explosive fire behavior that resembles the conditions that occurred on Thursday (the day when the fire started),” Honea said.
Cal Fire officials said Woolsey Fire had burned 130 square million and destroyed 177 structures. The fire was 5 percent from Saturday night
For a short while in the high winds on Saturday, firemen gave a chance to control the edges of the blazen and to change crew, replace firefighters who had been working for two days without rest, said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.
But with the winds expected to reach 40 mph winds on Sunday, it’s likely that more homes would get lost, Osby warned. “The fire department in Ventura County, Chief Mark Lorenzen, said the devastating The Santa Ana winds could go through Tuesday.
“Do not lock off a false sense of security,” Lorenzen told a press conference on Saturday night. “Now, mom has nature g one of us a short release. The wind does not blow. But we know that tomorrow, Mother Nature will put her fan back. “
Osby said Saturday that his firefighters reported” relationships they have never seen in their lives. “He said the aircraft released large amounts of fire protection in fire zones to prevent further proliferation.
” We lost a lot of homes, “he said.” But we saved thousands of homes. “
He said that firefighters’ goals for Saturday included circumcision along the 101 highway, and in Bell Canyon and Malibu Canyon. He said the crew would be handcracking containment lines in Malibu and Topanga Canyon overnight.
Benedict told reporters that he had 200 officers on patrol for “robbery suppression.” He warned for his department to have “zero tolerance” to steal.
Two people have been arrested so far on suspicions of robbery, according to Sgt. Eric Buschow from Ventura County Sheriff Office.
“If you come here with the intention of benefiting of this situation, we will arrest you and you will be imprisoned, “said Buschow.
At Pepperdine University in Malib You were interrupted classes Saturday after a busy Friday night. When the clear order was given around 9 o’clock on Saturday, many students drove away from the area, many equipped with face masks.
Despite the evacuation order for Malibu, Hassen Masri, who lives in the Malibu Country Estates district at the University, stayed in his house on Friday night and watched the hills rage with fire around him.
At midnight he saw almost 20 trucks pulling on the Pepperdine University campus when officials learned that students would not evacuate.
“It was a tough experience, it was bad, it was really bad,” Masri said. “When the fire came over the hill around midnight, I thought I would go, but I did not. Maybe it was crazy that the university did not take away the students, but I’m grateful for the extra resources that were brought. Protected by the extra trucks. “
The exotic animals at Ronnie Semler’s Saddlerock Ranch, including zebras and water buffalo, rowed their corals on Saturday, despite the fact that a structure that appeared to be a barn burned several vehicles and fences. The Malibu Ranch’s main attraction, Stanley Giraffe, was happy and curious. In addition to a worker, the ranch performed empty.
In Paris, President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration that gave federal funds to Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles County, but later threatened Twitter to hold back federal payments to California, claiming that forest management is ” so bad”.
“Billions of dollars are given every year, with so many lives lost, all because of the gross management of the forests,” he wrote. “Fix now or not more Bold payments!”
Later on Saturday, Trump drummed again and urged residents to listen to evacuation orders from government and local officials.
“More than 4,000 fight Camp and Woolsey Fire in California, which has burned over 170,000 hectares. Our hearts are with those who fight the fires, the 52,000 evacuated and the families of the 11 who have died. The destruction is disastrous. bless them all, “Trump Tweeted.”
Saturday night, local politicians called Trump to name fires as a “big disaster” that would increase the amount of money. federal aid in the area.
“We need the major disaster declaration so we can have all the tools needed to ensure that residents can recover,” said Linda Park, Ventura County Monitor.
The hardest hit was Paradise, a city of 27,000 in the Sierra Nevada hills.
The city is a popular retirement community that gives rise to concerns for older and immobile residents who have been reported missing.
dozens of burnt cars and SUVs lined the highway out of paradise just known as Skyway, scaled to its bare metal through flames melting aluminum engine blocks, vaporized plastic door handles and exploding their windows.
In the afternoon, a small fire brigade and the army of emergency workers were picked up by trash, small fires burning in trees and in the ruins of houses. More: California wilderness is already the most destructive in state history
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Barbara Ramsey, 75, saw her at home catch fire. She fled from paradise and drove through flames.
“I yelled at my daughter, my little grandson. I said,” We have to go out now! “She said.” So many people did not get out, they were burned in their cars. “
Officials ordered the evacuation of the entire city of Malibu, which stretches 21 miles along the coast and includes homes of such celebrities as Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson and Cher.
About 20 miles north, in the smoky community of Calabasas, local residents and fiery firemen gathered at Starbucks inside Albertson’s supermarket in what which appeared to be the only open business in the evacuation area.
There was no external power, only power from a backup generator. Residents, many wear masks for protection against the smoke, shared videos as they put on their smart phones that show flames absorb their back yards .
Paul Bancroft said he would not lose his house, which took him three years to build, in a nearby area called Old Agoura.  The fire burned “straight up to the fence (and) began to burn in my bushes. “he said. He managed to dampen it with a garden hose.
” I have built my home and I did not want to leave, “said Bancroft.
Woodyard reported from Malibu, Hughes from Paradise, California. ] Contributing: Nicole Hayden, by Desert Sun; Associated Press
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