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By Phil Helsel and Steve Patterson
The remains of six more victims in a fatal northern California wildlife were found of searchers on Tuesday, which led to the death of Camp Fire to 48, said the sheriff.
All six sets of remains were found at home in paradise, a city destroyed by Camp Fire that broke out Thursday morning and considered to be the most destructive and deadliest fire in the recorded California story.
Butte County Sheriff Coroner Kory L. Honea said he has asked 100 national security forces to work with those who seek human remains in the fire, which has burned about 130,000 hectares and was 35 percent on Tuesday night.
“We want to cover as much land as fast as we can,” Honea says, adding that even after a search is complete and people return to society, there may be more leftovers.
“I know it’s a very difficult thing to think about, but it’s the difficult situation we’re in today,” he said.
Camp Fire is one of two lethal wildfires that burn in opposite ends of California.
In southern California near Los Angeles, Woolsey Fire, who broke out on Thursday afternoon, killed two people near Malibu, burned over 96,300 acres – an area around the size of the city of Denver – and destroyed at least 435 homes and other structures. A fire officer said that the number of destroyed structures is expected to increase significantly as assessments are made.
Camp Fire broke out at 6:33 pm on Thursday in Butte County, north of Sacramento, according to officials. An estimated 7,600 single-family houses and 260 commercial structures have been destroyed and the city of Paradise, the population of about 26,000, was devastated by the fan.
Camp Fire is the deadliest in state history, which surpassed Griffith Park Fire 1933, which killed 29 people, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
When the fire took over paradise when people were evacuated on Thursday, the Cal Fire Division Chief David Hawks, who is also the fire chief of the city, saw one of two ambulances transporting patients from a hospital to catch fire and targets everyone inside that vehicle and in another ambulance to a dead end.
With wrinkles that rain down in what hawks resembled snowflakes in a snowstorm, they sought shelter in a house and prepared to ride it out. One of the four paramedics could enter the home door through a dog door and unlock the door and the four patients were moved inside, he said. There were also three nurses.
“What I told everyone:” We’re going to fire here and we have to protect this home, “Hawks said on Tuesday.” You know, this is our Fort Knox, basically. “
Paramedics began to clear pine needles from all over the home and from the roof of the roof. If the house was on fire, Hawk said they were ready to enter the dead end, which was an open area to ride out the fire.
” A pair of them be on phones with family members, talk to family members and what do you have. And basically they asked me if I thought they would die here or one of them made “Hawks recalled.”
“And I told them I do not think we will die here,” he said. “This is a very serious situation, but I think if we follow my direction we will drive the fire out here.”
They were joined by two members of the search and rescue team, who also took shelter in the house. The road eventually cleaned enough for those who sought shelter to return it to the Feather River Hospital, which although they were close to flames had a large parking lot that would have been a better place for shelter until they could escape the city.
Hawks, who joined Cal Fire right out of high school in 1984, said he did not consider his actions exceptional.
“I did my job,” he said. “There were many lives saved by many people today – not just myself but by many people.”
Three of the dead in Camp Fire have been identified and the commander announced, Butte County Sheriff Department said. They are: Ernest Foss, 65, of Paradise, Jesus Fernandez, 48, of Concow and Carl Wiley, 77, of Magalia.
There have also been several arrests for suspected robbery in the evacuation zone, Honea said.
Two men arrested Monday inside a home in Butte Creek Canyon, one of which had a handgun registered for a home during evacuation in paradise; Two men arrested Tuesday in a space during evacuation and they had declared a laptop that was not related to them and a man and a woman were arrested in a stolen camper in Chico on Tuesday, said the sheriff office.
While Woolsey Fire is still burning, officials said the tide turns.
Firemen fight a flame in Salvation Army Camp on November 10, 2018 in Malibu, California. Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images
“The Risk Has Lost Significantly,” Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told reporters in a thousand Oaks. “When you think of this fire several days ago, it burned from Bell Canyon to the ocean which is about 30 miles. So our firefighters have been over.”
Another fire burning in Southern California, Hill Fire in Ventura County, where 90 percent contained Tuesday after firing more than 4500 hectares since it broke out on Thursday, according to Cal Fire. Two structures were destroyed and two others injured, the agency said.
David K. Li contributed.