The wildfires in Northern California are now the deadliest in the state's modern history with at least 31 confirmed fatalities. Search teams and cadaver dogs began the recovery of victims from "hot zones." Many of the flames still burned out of control in fires that spanned more than 300 square miles, according to The Associated Press (AP). Authorities say containment seemed nowhere in sight.In Sonoma county, about 400 people are unaccounted for while thousands of structures were lost to the flames. Also in Napa county, a fourth day of choking smoke led many residents to flee to find shelters or camped out on beaches to await word on their homes and loved ones, AP reports.Fire chief: Deadly California blazes will "get worse"House approves emergency aid package for hurricanes, wildfiresCBS News' Carter Evans reports that many people were able to escape and are lucky to be alive.Evans met Charity Ruiz who fled her burning neighborhood by bicycle with her two children hitched to the back … [Read more...] about California wildfires now deadliest in state’s history as fatalities increase to 31
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Fast-growing wildfires in California forced tens of thousands of people to quickly evacuate their homes, including several high-profile celebrities, who took to social media Thursday and Friday to reveal they were impacted by the blaze. Though TMZ reported Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu home burned down in the fires, Jenner's publicist Alan Nierob told USA TODAY the former Olympian is safe and they had no information about the state of her property. "I just want to let everyone know we made it out," said close pal Sophia Hutchins on her Instagram Story, showing Jenner in the car with her. "Both of us made it out, the dogs made it out, a few of our belongings made it out. A few of our belongings made it out and we are safe, and that's all that matters." Kim Kardashian West said Friday afternoon that her house appeared to have escaped the worst. "I heard the flames have hit our property at our home in Hidden Hills but now have stopped," she tweeted. "It doesn’t … [Read more...] about Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga evacuate homes amid Calif. wildfires: ‘Flames have hit our property’
At some point in childhood, a young boy or girl will announce they want to be a firefighter. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Dusty Gyves’ son is no different. But Gyves has been fighting the sixth worst wildfire in California history for a month straight, and he doesn’t necessarily want his son to grow up to be like his dad. “This job wouldn’t be the first thing I’d tell my kid I want him to do,” Gyves said. “... There’s a lot of firemen’s kids who actually grow up hating the fire department. You ask them why and they say, ‘Well, because my dad’s never home.’” In addition to fighting seemingly endless wildfires this summer, firefighters often find their personal lives taking a toll when they aren’t home. There are divorces, struggles with alcohol and post-traumatic stress that stems from the demanding schedule. For some, it’s too hard to … [Read more...] about An epic firefight has sapped morale for many on the front lines. And much work lies ahead.
An intense wildfire raging through Southern California forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, including several celebrities. Sunday evening, Miley Cyrus shared with her more than 40 million Twitter followers that her home was incinerated. Still, she felt "grateful" for what remained. "Completely devestated (sic) by the fires affecting my community," the singer tweeted. "I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for all I have left. Cyrus, 25, then thanked the first responders. "Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff’s department!" she continued. "If you are interested in getting involved see next tweet.... Donate $ , Time , Supplies." She concluded, "I love you more than ever." all I have left. Sending so much love and … [Read more...] about Miley Cyrus, Neil Young, Gerard Butler and more lose homes in California wildfires
(CNN)One of three major wildfires roaring though California has burned its way into state history as the most destructive blaze on record in terms of structure loss, with more than 6,700 structures gone in two days, according to Cal Fire, the state's fire-fighting agency. The large Camp Fire in Northern California, which obliterated 80% to 90% of the homes in one town, has left at least nine people dead, officials said Friday. Kory Honea, the Butte County sheriff, said 35 people have been reported missing in the Camp Fire. The fast-moving wildfires in the state have destroyed thousands of structures and prompted thousands of residents to flee, sometimes through jam-packed flame-lined streets that forced evacuees to chose whether to try to drive to safety or to get out and run. The Camp Fire left the mayor of Paradise, population 26,000, in shock. "There's really not much left. There are very few homes still standing and we've been in multiple different neighborhoods this afternoon," … [Read more...] about California wildfire wipes out much of one town, kills 9