Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

California wildfires: What fires are burning now and where are they?

California wildfires: What fires are burning now and where are they?

Your mother's somewhere and you don't know where she's at.

Elinor "Jeannie" Williams, 86, was not among the nine victims of the blaze but died as she waited to be airlifted from an evacuated hospital where she was being treated for a head injury. Officials hope numerous elderly on the list simply are elsewhere without cellphones or away to contact loved ones.

At least 150 homes were destroyed and more than 250,000 people were forced to leave their homes.

Gov. Jerry Brown said California is requesting aid from the Trump administration.

"Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests", he wrote.

"This is just a lull", Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, "so we're going to take advantage of that and try to get as much line perimeter in as we can with the expectation that we will get more winds tomorrow". "And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we're now witnessing, and will continue to witness in the coming years".

Ferocious flames in southern California neared coastal homes along the famed Pacific Coast Highway in the Malibu area.

But with the winds expected to reach 40 miles per hour gusts on Sunday, it's likely more homes would be lost, Osby warned.

A vineyard burns overnight during a wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes in Thousand Oaks, California.

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

Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano and Kim Kardashian West were among the California residents who had to flee their homes. Evacuations included the city of Malibu, home to some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

In Ventura County, most of the town of Thousand Oaks was ordered evacuated, adding to the anguish days after a gunman killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at a bar.

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The bodies were recovered in and around Paradise, California, a mountain community some 145km (90 miles) north of Sacramento left devastated by the Camp Fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott Maclean said.

The utility said it will co-operate with any investigations, though a spokeswoman said Friday the information was preliminary and the cause of the fire has not been determined.

A total of 19 of the 23 deaths have been reported in Paradise, where the raging blaze has destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, mostly houses, along with a hospital, a petrol station, restaurants and vehicles.

Cal Fire said almost 2,300 firefighters, 300 fire trucks and 11 helicopters were fighting the flames.

With the changing weather in mind, officials warned residents in Oroville, a town approximately 25 miles from Paradise, to remain viliglant and regularly check the Butte County and Cal Fire social media pages for any additional news or evacuations.

SoCal Edison said the report was submitted out of an abundance of caution although there was no indication from fire officials that its equipment may have been involved.

Another round of Santa Ana winds is forecast to whip the area Sunday through Tuesday, though it may be weaker than Friday's.

California emerged from a five-year drought last year but has had a very dry 2018.

"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago".

Massive evacuations: Fire officials estimate the number of people forced from their homes statewide is more than 300,000; in Los Angeles County it is 170,000.

Cal Fire said the fire destroyed an estimated 2,000 structures, including a large swath of the town of Paradise.

"The flames were whipping and spreading so fast", Whitney Vaughan said after fleeing her home in Paradise. Authorities confirmed her death late Friday.

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