PARADISE, California (Reuters) – The troops of the American People's Guard took place on Thursday for the paradise ruins for…
PARADISE, California (Reuters) – The troops of the American People’s Guard took place on Thursday for the paradise ruins for some 130 people still missing in California’s deadliest firefight on record, as the authorities said the death penalty had risen to 56.
An anthropologist R) investigates the remains of a dog found in a tub in a home destroyed by Camp Fire in Paradise, California, USA, November 1
4, 2018. REUTERS / Terray Sylvester
“Camp Fire” blossoms the extinct Sierra foothills city of Paradise, once home to 27,000 people, last Thursday. Most of those still missing in and around the city, located about 280 miles north of San Francisco, are over 65 years old.
The surface of the fire had grown to 135,000 hectares (55,000 hectares) on Wednesday night, even as the winds and rising humidity reduced, firemen on the beach helped shelter around more than a third of the circumference.
The spooky space of empty sections covered by ashes and littered with twisted wrecks and junk, however, impressed Governor Jerry Brown, US Secretary of State Ryan Zinke and other officials who waged the devastation on Wednesday.
“This is one of the worst disasters I’ve seen in my career, hands down,” said Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to reporters in Chico.
NO FINGER POINT
After visiting some of California’s former firefighters in August, Zinke told “brutal care of forests” because of forest harvesting restrictions that he said were supported by “environmental terrorist groups.”
Pressed by reporters on Wednesday, Zinke demurred. “Now it’s not really time to point your fingers,” he said. “It’s time for America to stand together.”  The flame, powered by thick dry-dried scrub, has limited two catastrophic wild season seasons in California, which scientists largely attributed to long-lasting drought they say is symptomatic of climate change.
Attorneys for some of the victims claimed in a trial filed Wednesday that the maintenance of salmon equipment by a power tool was the nearest cause of fire, which remains officially under investigation.
The disaster in Butte County s collapsed with a flood of blisters in Southern California, especially Woolsey Fire, who killed at least two people, destroyed more than 500 structures and shifted about 200,000 people west of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that the body of a possible third victim was found. Cal Fire officials said flame was 52 percent held from Wednesday night.
In Butte County, the search for more human remains kicked into high gear as a national guard contingent of 50 military police seekers joined dozens of search and recovery workers and at least 22 cadaver dogs, said sheriff Kory Honea.
The remains of eight more fire victims were discovered on Wednesday, which increased the official number of deaths to 56 – far exceeded the previous record from a single fire in California history. – 29 people were killed by Griffith Park’s fire in Los Angeles in 1933.
Camp Fire is also one of the deadliest American wildernesses since last century’s trip. More than 80 people disappeared in the Big Burn firestorm that swept Northern Rockies in August 1910.
Butte County Sheriff spokesman Megan McMann said the 130 miss list would fluctuate from day to day as more names are added and Others are removed, either because they appear or end up being identified among the dead.
Sheriff Honea invited relatives to those missing to give DNA- samples to compare to samples taken from recently recovered remains in hopes of speeding up the identification of the dead. He said it was possible that some of the missed could never be found.
Authorities attributed the extent of accidents to the staggering speed at which the fire hit the paradise. Windy flames roared through the city so quickly that the residents were forced to escape for their lives. Some victims were found in or around the burned wreck of their vehicles.
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Further reporting by Brendan O’rien in Milwaukee; Editing Raissa Kasolowsky
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