Watch a wildfire nip at a highway in surreal video from California

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Watch a wildfire nip at a highway in surreal video from California

In the devastating aftermath of the deadliest wildfire to hit California in 85 years, authorities are struggling with a grim task: searching for more than 200 missing people, some of whom are suspected to have been killed in a blaze that burned so hot that it melted metal.

In Northern California, the Camp Fire ripped through Butte County, killing at least 42 and becoming the deadliest in the state's history.

In southern California, the Woolsey Fire has burned more than 91,000 acres and was 20 percent contained, with 370 structures destroyed, officials said.

President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for California Monday, which will allow access to federal funding and other resources to help those affected by the fires.

The Woolsey Fire on the southern end of the state has devoured mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal town of Malibu.

A total of 150 search-and-recovery personnel were due to arrive on Tuesday, bolstering 13 coroner-led recovery teams in the fire zone, Honea said.

'Sadly, with these winds, it's not over yet, ' Scott Jalbert, chief of Cal Fire's San Luis Obispo Unit, said Sunday morning. It has virtually destroyed the town of Paradise.

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The Woolsey Fire has burned at least 93,00 acres and destroyed around 435 structures, according to the latest Cal Fire update.

California has endured two of the worst wildfire seasons in its history over the past couple of years, a situation experts attribute in large part to prolonged drought across much of the Western United States.

The Camp Fire's death toll has grown in staggering leaps.

In northern California, the death toll from the Camp Fire reached 46 after more human remains were recovered.


"This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal", California Governor Jerry Brown said in a stark warning over the likely damaging effects of climate change. The first notice came on Thursday, when investigators found the remains of five people in Paradise who were apparently trapped in their cars by the blaze.

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