California wildfires: Death toll rises, hundreds missing

California wildfires: Death toll rises, hundreds missing

"If you look at the 20 biggest fires in the state, 15 of those have happened since 2000", MacDonald told the Beast.

"Today, 14 additional bodies were located, which brings our total number to 23", Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference. He found his home leveled - a large metal safe and pipes from his septic system the only recognizable traces. Some cried when they saw nothing was left. Body parts were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags.

From miles around, acrid smoke could be seen in the sky around Paradise, the sun barely visible.

California fire spokesman David Clark said Sunday that the Camp Fire grew slightly to 170 square miles (440 square kilometres), from 164 square miles (425 square kilometres) Saturday night.

Gov. Jerry Brown said he is requesting a major-disaster declaration from President Donald Trump that would make victims eligible for crisis counseling, housing and unemployment help, and legal aid.

What is the latest on the Camp Fire?

Crews pushed forward to achieve 25 per cent containment of the Camp Fire in northern California, which had burned 44,000 hectares at the edge of the Plumas National Forest, according to Cal Fire's website.

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

Southern California fire crews therefore only had capacity to focus on saving lives and structures as the fire moved and were unable to work on containing the flames for three days.

Mr Trump's response to the fires has been criticised as unsympathetic and ill-informed.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in Californiaexcept that forest management is so poor", Trump tweeted. He said "billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests". "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" he said.

In southern California, more wildfires burned, including one just north of Los Angeles and another in Ventura County near Thousand Oaks, where a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday.

Cyrus was among the hundreds of thousands who have been evacuated from their homes due to the raging Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire that have been tearing through Southern California, as well as those who have been evacuated due to the deadly Camp Fire burning north of Sacramento, which has claimed the lives of at least 29 people.

"We heard this was coming so we set up the sprinklers and we hosed the whole house down", said Malibu resident Patrick Henry. Donate $, Time, Supplies I love you more than ever, Miley'.

Malibu is one of the most in-demand locations in California for stars seeking privacy and luxury.

Kim Kardashian West, Caitlyn Jenner, Orlando Bloom and Lady Gaga were just some of the other celebrities who revealed that they had to evacuate in the wake of the fires. "I would say 90%", she said.

Dr Strange director Scott Derrickson also lost his home in the Woolsey blaze on the weekend.

Around 50,000 people in Paradise and surrounding towns have been forced to evacuate. "I know that members of the community who are missing loved ones are anxious, and I know that the news of us recovering bodies has to be disconcerting".

The iconic Paramount Ranch, one of the locations used during seasons one and two of "Westworld", was burned as well as The Agoura Hills mansion that hosts the production shoots for ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette".

The tweet also drew political criticism.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for more than 52,000 people in the scenic area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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