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Deaths climb to 29 in California's Camp Fire, the state's deadliest in 85 years

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By Tim Stelloh

Deadly fires burning across northern and southern California have killed a total of 31 people across the state and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands.

The grim discovery of six people in northern California’s paradise brought the total deaths of Camp Fire to 29, which matched the deadliest fire in state history, the authorities said Sunday.

Five bodies in paradise were found at home and one found in a vehicle, said cult L. Honea, Butte County Sheriff, to reporters.

Camp Fire, believed to be the most destructive state history, has burned more than 6,000 homes and burned 111,000 hectares, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.

More than 200 people were still unregistered for the fire, Honea said, although many of them missing may be in the shelter and unable to contact their loved ones who reported them to the authorities.

A power line is located on top of a burned vehicle on the road side of paradise after the camp burned through the area on November 10th. Josh Edelson / AFP – Getty Images

In addition, 29 people were killed in the Griffith Park Fire of 1933, according to Cal Fire.

“We drove out of the clouds into the sunshine and could see flames on the hill, consuming all that touched,” said Joanna Garcia, who quickly fled the fire with his family on Thursday.

“You never think you’re getting out of the flames.”

Woolsey Fire in Southern California also burned over 85,000 acres on Sunday – from Thousand Oaks, a city still roaring from a massacre that left 12 people dead last week , to the rich coastal bay of Malibu. It was only 15 percent on Sunday night.

In addition to killing two people, the fire threatened nearly 60,000 structures and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents, officials said. On Sunday afternoon, Calabasas, a city of 24,000, sent a mandatory evacuation order. In some areas of a thousand Oaks, evacuation orders and resident access to their homes are lifted.

Famous temples were among the 177 structures that were broken. Actor Gerard Butler published a photo of his burned home in Malibu on social media, which calls this a “heartbreaking time throughout California.”

But there was a lot of good news: After returning on Sunday, the dry Santa Ana winds – blowing the southern California coast from the desert, fanning fires – fire officials said there were no new reports of burned buildings. And firefighters could accommodate inflatables in blustery canyons.

“Today it was very challenging, but we have had great success,” said Daryl Osby, Los Angeles County Fire Chief, on Sunday afternoon.

Still great state swings remain under a red flag alert, a term used by the National Weather Service to indicate ideal wilderness conditions. Nearly 150,000 people remain under mandatory evacuation orders across the state as of Sunday afternoon, said Mark Ghilarducci, head of California’s Emergency Care Agency.

The singer Robin Thicke is in ruins after it was destroyed by Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California on November 10th. Mike Nelson / EPA

With 40 mph wind forecasts in southern California until Tuesday, more evacuations were possible, Ventura County Sheriff Sergeant Eric Bouche said.

Similar wind conditions were also forecast throughout northern California by Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Camp Fire began early Thursday morning and quickly braked through Paradise, the population about 26,000 people, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Firefighters in a burning apartment complex in Par adise on November 9th. Josh Edelson / AFP – Getty Images

Nichole Jolly, a surgical nurse at Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, reminds of commencing his working day as someone else – then an immediate evacuation order is given about an hour

“I called my husband and screamed, “said Jolly, 34, with flames on both sides of his car. And a cabin filled with smoke. She said she pulled away the car. . “I said,” I think I will die. Tell the children I love them. I will not “do home.” “

When her shoes melted and her throat burned, Jolly stumbled across a fire truck and hit the door.

” Two firefighters jump out of the truck, quench my pants, put me in the fire engine, wrapped me in a blanket and said : “Shake yourself, we may not do that,” she said.

Mayor Jody Jones said that 80-90 percent of the population in Paradise’s homes lost their homes.

The authorities said that many of the bodies were recovered at home or found in cars overcome by flames. The NBC affiliate KCRA reported that a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists were asked to help identify the dead.

Cal Fire said it did not expect the fire, which was 25 percent on Sunday, completely under control until the end of the month.

In southern California, firefighters had mostly hemmed in another potentially dangerous flame – Hill Fire, which forced evacuations in Ventura Country and destroyed two buildings.

The fan is also lit on Thursday and ripped through motor homes and mansions as it quickly spread, NBC reported Los Angeles. Two people found dead inside a vehicle at Mulholland Drive may have died after the driver became disoriented and the vehicle was swallowed up, said the head of Los Angeles County Sheriff Scott Gage.

The fires occurred after years of drought and increasingly fatal and destructive seasons. Firefighters and climate researchers have partly attributed these fires to climate change, saying that the state’s fire season can be all year round.

California government Jerry Brown stressed this during a press conference on Sunday night and called this extended fire period risking a “new abnormal”.

“This new abnormal will will continue for the next, 10 to 15 to 20 years,” he said. “And unfortunately, the best science tells us to dry, heat, dry – all these things will be intensified.”

Kalhan Rosenblatt and Rachel Elbaum contributed.

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