Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Gerard Butler chokes up as he talks about California wildfires

Gerard Butler chokes up as he talks about California wildfires

Paradise, which is home to many elderly retirees and has experienced an unusually dry fall, was virtually razed to the ground by the fast-moving "Camp Fire" blaze.

The bulk of the destruction and loss of life occurred in and around the town of Paradise, where flames reduced most of the buildings to ash and rubble on Thursday night, just hours after the blaze erupted.

Before and after images across the community show the extent of its destruction. As of Monday night, almost half of the evacuation centers in Chico, Oroville and nearby towns were at capacity.

To the south, Woolsey Fire has blackened almost 94,000 acres and was also 30 percent contained as of Monday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

The fires have forced a quarter of a million people to flee their homes and seven evacuation shelters have been set up in Butte County, three of which are already full, according to the authorities. A lot of it's damage, ' he told Backgrid. And even at a distance, the fire is posing health concerns: "Air quality throughout the Bay Area remains in the "unhealthy" zone, according to federal measurements", KQED reports, adding that the conditions should persist through Friday.

The "Woolsey Fire", which also began on Thursday, has razed 38,976 hectares and has been 35 percent contained.

That problem may be responsible for those deaths and thousands of destroyed structures.

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The probe will "assess the compliance of electric facilities with applicable rules and regulations in fire impacted areas", said commission spokeswoman Terrie Prosper. A National Weather Service meteorologist noted that rains weren't expected to come to the area until Thanksgiving next week.

Hewitt said fire fighters worked tirelessly to fend off the flames.

There are almost 3,600 fire personnel fighting the Woolsey fire. "A house can be rebuilt, but it's just memorabilia that was in there that we can never get back".

As for what caused the two deadly fires, that remains under investigation. The utilities had reported electrical-equipment malfunctions near the start of the blazes.

In June, the California forestry agency blamed 12 wildfires on downed power lines owned by utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric.

Meanwhile, the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California, which are threatening the star-studded neighborhood of Malibu, grew more than 143 square miles overnight.

The Camp Fire's death toll has grown in staggering leaps. In some cases, investigators have found only bone fragments.

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