CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: Death toll climbs to 23 as search goes on

Climate change not only boosts the likelihood of wildfires but their intensity as well

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: Death toll climbs to 23 as search goes on

Two people were also found dead in a wildfire in Southern California, where fires tore through Malibu mansions and homes in working-class Los Angeles suburbs.

Firefighters gained modest ground overnight against the blaze, which grew slightly to 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) from the day before but was 25 percent contained, up from 20 percent, according to the state fire agency, Cal Fire.

Fueled by high winds and low humidity the Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise charring 105,000 acres, killed 23 people and has destroyed over 6,700 homes and businesses.

"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago ... the rate of spread is exponentially more than it used to be", said Lorenzen, urging residents to not put their lives at risk by trying to defend their own homes instead of evacuating.

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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".

Later Saturday, Mr. Trump struck a more sympathetic tone on the unfolding crisis in California, praising the firefighters and offering condolences to the victims.

Among those forced out of their homes were Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Guillermo del Toro and Martin Sheen.

Governor Jerry Brown asked U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster to bolster the emergency response and help residents recover.

For the latest updates about these and other California blazes, go to Cal Fire's "Incidents" page.

Even so, he remained realistic and said that because of the conditions of California, this will most likely not be the last fire.

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It was not immediately clear if he was injured as a result of the fire.

"Managing all the forests everywhere we can does not stop climate change", Brown said.

"At a time when our every effort should be focused on vanquishing the destructive fires and helping the victims, the president has chosen instead to issue an uninformed political threat aimed squarely at the innocent victims of these cataclysmic fires". "VCA hospitals in the area of the fires are extending free boarding for pets, so evacuated families can focus on their most pressing priorities".

Butler also thanked Los Angeles fire fighters and asked for donations to support them.

On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 101 and headed into coastal areas.

"Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson tweeted that he lost his home in the fire, and Oscar victor Guillermo del Toro tweeted that his memorabilia-stuffed Bleak House might be in danger - he evacuated last night - but that "the gift of life remains".

The goal is to stamp out any new fires before they expand rapidly, and to continue to try to contain the Woolsey Fire, which has burned more than 83,000 acres, destroyed at least 150 houses and created a massive mandatory evacuation zone in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

State officials have blamed climate change and said numerous burn areas have been in federally managed lands.

"SpcaLA is headed to a staging area in Thousand Oaks, where DART members will report to Los Angeles County Incident Command".

She became emotional, looking at a canyon where her children had once played, now blackened by fire.

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