By Noel Randewich and Sharon Bernstein PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) ̵ 1; Fire engines convoys rushed through the tattered northern California's…
By Noel Randewich and Sharon Bernstein
PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) ̵
1; Fire engines convoys rushed through the tattered northern California’s paradise on Tuesday to combat still active parts of the state’s deadliest and most destructive fireplaces in history, growing by 8,000 hectares.
The team of workers driving chainsaws cleaned downpowered power lines and other obstacles from the streets while the forensics team was mobilized to resume their search for human remains in the 27,000 Butte County charcoal wreck, almost consumed by fire on Thursday just a few hours after the flap broke out.
“Camp Fire” continued to rage in Butte County, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco and expanded to 125,000 hectares (50,500 acres), more than four times the district, California’s Forestry and Fire Protection Department said Cal Fire).
The death support accounted for 42 people, mostly on record from a California wild mushroom. More than 7,600 homes and other structures burned down, even full-time.
Some 228 people are still unregistered and listed as missing. Officials asked families and friends to continue checking with evacuation and call centers in the hope that many of them could be located.
On a residential street in paradise covered with burned houses, a team of 10 rescue and forensic workers wearing white costumes and helmets used a dog to search for victims.
“Look for skulls, the big legs,” said a forensic officer to others when they used metal poles and their hands to aim through the remnants of the house.
Another found a firearm and marked it for later removal.
On the other side of the street, two rescue workers in red led a dog around a burned car and through the founding of a house.
The fire was 30 percent, indicating a “big bite” was under control, but full containment was not expected until late November and progress would be largely due to the wind and weather, Cal Fire spokeswoman Erica Bain said.
“Thirty percent are kind of where we approach the rou nding corner. When we are in the 30’s and 40’s they get a good handle on it. By the end of this week, I would like to see that number up to 40 , maybe 45, said Bain.
One hundred fifty search and resettlement personnel would arrive in the area on Tuesday, and strengthen 13 condemners the sheriff has requested three portable tomorrows from the US military, a “disaster” crew, cadaver dog units to locate human Residents and three groups of
In southern California, two people were killed in the separate “Woolsey Fire”, which destroyed 435 structures and moved.
Some 52,000 people stayed under evacuation orders and 8,700 firemen from 17 states fought for fires. about 200,000 people in the mountains and foot near southern California’s Malibu coast, west of Los Angeles.
Woolsey Fire was 35 percent up 30 percent one day earlier , said Cal Fire, when the authorities resumed a number of co mmunities that had been under evacuation orders.
The authorities investigated the cause of the fires. A spokeswoman for the California Public Utilities Commission said on Tuesday that the regulator has launched investigations that may include an inspection of fireplaces when Cal Fire allows access.
PG & E Corp., working in northern California and Edison International, owner of Southern California Edison Co., has reported to regulatory authorities that they experienced transmission or transmission problems in areas where fires were reported around the time they began.
President Donald Trump on Monday night declared a major disaster existing from the fires, making federal funds available to people and local authorities in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura County.
The promise came two days after Trump blamed brush fires on forest-flawed handling, tweeting “Remedy Now or No More Bold Payments!”
He beat a more sympathetic tone while speaking from the White House on Tuesday.
“We mourn the lives of the lost and we pray for the Vicar Tims,” said Trump and thanked first responders. “We will do everything we can to support and protect our citizens in harmony.”
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(Reporting by Noel Randewich and Sharon Bernstein; Further Reporting of Brendan O’Brien in Milwalukee; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Lisa Shumaker)