N. California fire officials begin agonizing search for dead

Wind gusts could reach 60 miles per hour and relative humidity could be as low as 3 percent in Southern California, creating an environment for the flames to rapidly spread.

Twenty-three deaths in the north of the state combined with two bodies discovered on Saturday in a residential neighborhood in Malibu, Calif., brought the statewide total to 25.

The Woolsey Fire has damaged or destroyed a number of structures, including celebrity homes and a legendary Hollywood film set. "He came back, and it had burned to the ground".

NASA's Landsat 8 satellite captured this first image of the Camp Fire on the morning of November 8, just a few hours after the blaze had broken out.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the county was bringing in more rescue workers and consulted anthropologists from California State University at Chico because in some cases "the only remains we are able to find are bones or bone fragments".

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Some people, attempting to flee the fire, were stuck in traffic and left their cars behind to run with their families.

The Camp Fire has reached 30 percent containment as high winds push it toward Lake Oroville, according to Cal Fire.

They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze.

Almost 6,500 residences have been destroyed and another 15,000 threatened, according to emergency officials.

Three-quarters of residents in the city of 130,000, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Los Angeles, were under evacuation orders - and that likely included people affected by the shooting, Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox said. Los Angeles County sheriff's Chief John Benedict said the bodies were found in a sparsely populated stretch of Mulholland Highway in Malibu but gave no other details.

The "Woolsey Fire" had consumed around 69,000 acres, destroyed at least 150 homes and was so far not contained, the Ventura County Fire Department said, adding that evacuation orders were issued for some 88,000 homes in the county and neighboring Los Angeles County.

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Residents in Ventura and Los Angeles counties have evacuated, including a mandatory evacuation for all of Malibu, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

"I can't speak to the facts, but at some point there was a determination made for the students to stay in place because at that moment it wasn't safe to evacuate", Chief Daryl Osby of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Meanwhile, wildfires also raged in Southern California, including the town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman days earlier killed a dozen people at a local bar. "It seems to be stopped and burned into an area where firefighters can get a handle on it", McLean said.

"Mother Nature has given us a short reprieve. but we know tomorrow Mother Nature's gonna turn her fan back on and the winds are going to start blowing", Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen told reporters.

"We do intend to rebuild", Paradise Mayor Jody Jones said.

On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump even addressed the disasters in a post on Twitter. "They had us in like a caravan", Napoli said. Right now, families are in mourning, thousands have lost homes, and a quarter-million Americans have been forced to flee.

"We knew Paradise was a prime target for forest fire over the years", he said. I am with you all the way.

Alyssa Milano tweeted Saturday that she was waiting to hear of her home's fate. "It's that kind of devastation". "I just pray the winds are in our favor".

Cher wrote on Twitter that she was anxious about her house "but there is nothing I can do".

Authorities, fearful of looting, have ordered some 200 deputies to protect burned neighborhoods, according to The Associated Press.

"A big thank you to firefighters from across the country who are helping California's firefighters battle these blazes", Sen.

"I'm so sorry and my heart is with each of those who are impacted by this terrible disaster", she tweeted Saturday. "We appreciate your work and could not be more grateful". "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" he said.

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