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Team “looking for skulls” in ashes in California's deadliest firebox

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – White-skinned forensic team with cadaver dogs was over a spooky landscape that was littered with ash…

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – White-skinned forensic team with cadaver dogs was over a spooky landscape that was littered with ash and carbon black junk searches on Tuesday for more human remains left from a fire that killed at least 42 people in California’s deadliest fire accident.

The intensified effort to locate victims came on the sixth day of a flame that burned over 7,000 homes and other buildings, including most of the paradise in the Sierra foothills in rural Butte County about 175 miles north of San Francisco.

County Sheriff Kory Honea said that 228 people were missing missing, and his office also carried out “well-being controls” of almost 1

,300 people whose family members had reported concern about their place of residence.

On Tuesday, the murderer Blue, named Camp Fire, had been weakened by 50,000 hectares (50,500 hectares) drought-dried scrub and brush, up 8000 hectares from the night before, but crews had cut inclusions around a third of the expanding perimeter of the fire .

More than 50,000 residents remained under evacuation orders and 15,500 structures were still listed as threatened by the fan.

However, smaller winds allow crews to make good progress towards the flames, the firemen said.

“Things look much better than yesterday due to weather conditions,” said Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

The news was also more positive at the southern end of California’s firefighting front, where a fire called Woolsey Fire has killed two people, destroyed over 400 structures and shifted about 200,000 people in the mountains and the foot near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles .


This leaf has burned 96,000 hectares (39,000 acres) of Chaparral-covered rolling hills and canyons that extend across Ventura and Los Angeles County, an area roughly the size of Denver .

Without the loss of housing, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the fire had destroyed “deep infrastructure such as power lines, water pipes, sewers, roads, lights, and other things that make a city, a city, especially a safe one.” [19659002] But the fire extinguishment grew to 35 percent on Tuesday, when four communities resurrected to residents earlier in the evacuation order, a fireman arrested, said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.

The reasons for both the Camp and Woolsey fires were listed as investigated. However, two utility companies, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electic reported to regulators in recent days that they had problems with transmission lines or substations in areas where the blazers were reported around the time they started.

Although the prospect of suppressing Camp Fire became more hopeful, the authorities raised the cruel task of screening through the walls of homes wiped out in flames that broke through Paradise on Thursday night and sent residents who fled for their lives in chaos.

The remains of some victims were found in and around the burned wreckage of vehicles that fell in the first wave, when the evacuation traffic was stopped in deadly knots of gridlock hours after the fire broke out.

Sheriff Honea announced on Monday the remainder of at least 42 people had been restored, making Camp Fire the deadliest single firefight in California, exceeding the Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles, which killed 29 people in 1933.

Rescue and forensic officers aim through the remains of a burned home destroyed by Camp Fire in Paradise, California, USA November 13, 2018. REUTERS / Noel Randewich

It was unclear how many of the 200 plus people listed as being unaccounted for any actual fire victims or just evacuated who failed to warn the authorities after moving home.


Team of workers who driven chainsaws cleaned demolished power lines and other obstacles from the streets, whereas detectives picked through fire-shielded voids in a city that once lived for 27,000 people.

On a residential street in paradise covered with burned houses, a team of 10 applicants and recruits and forensic investigators using white protective clothing and red helmets used a dog to search for victims.

“Look for skulls, the big legs,” said a forensic therapist to others because they used metal poles and their hands to aim through the ruins of a house.

Near a common swimming pool, the forensic workers moved the dark water with long poles to look for bodies.

Honea said that 150 additional search personnel should arrive in the area on Tuesday and strengthen 13 coroner-led rescue teams in the fire zone.

The Sheriff has requested three portable morning teams from the US military, a “disaster murderer” crew, cadaver dog units to locate human remains and three groups of forensic anthropologists.

President Donald Trump on Monday night declared a major disaster from the California wilderness, making federal emergency funds more readily accessible to people and local governments in the affected counties.

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“We are giving birth to the lost and we pray for the victims,” ​​said Trump from the White House on Tuesday while thanking the first respondents. “We will do everything we can to support and protect our citizens in harmony.”

California has endure two of its worst spring seasons in history over the last two years, which experts largely attributes long-lasting drought across Western United States.

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Reported by Noel Randewich and Sharon Bernstein; Further reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Write by Daniel Trotta and Steve Gorman; Editing Bill Tarrant and Lisa Shumaker

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