Death toll climbs to 48 in California's most lethal wildfire disaster


It's a grim reality driven home by scenes from all around the state, especially the town of Paradise, California, which has been all but wiped out by the Camp Fire, now the deadliest fire in the state's history.

The Camp Fire, which has already burned through 117,000 acres and destroyed 6,453 structures in Northern California, was only 30 percent contained by Tuesday. More are unaccounted for.

Almost 9,000 firefighters, many from out of state, were battling to suppress the Camp Fire, the Woolsey Fire and a handful of smaller Southern California blazes, backed by squadrons of water-dropping helicopters and airplane tankers.

As more than a dozen fires continue to burn across California, the so-called Camp Fire burning north of Sacramento is now the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history.

Meanwhile, in Southern California firefighters made progress against the massive Woolsey Fire that has left two people dead in Malibu and destroyed more than 400 structures.

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The flames all but obliterated the town of Paradise, population 27,000, and ravaged surrounding areas on Thursday.

Trump went on to release multiple more tweets on the subject, some of which were more sympathetic to the plight of Californians displaced by the fires.

Search and rescue workers search for human remains at a trailer park burned by the Camp Fire, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Paradise, California.

The fire season in California usually runs from mid-summer and lasts until around the middle of October, however experts say they may now be expected year round. The Hill Fire nearby had burned 4,530 acres and was 75 percent contained.

Some of the thousands of people forced from several communities by the huge Southern California wildfire are being allowed to return to their homes.

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California Governor Jerry Brown unequivocally blamed climate change for the devastation.

"Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that the dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they're going to intensify", Brown said.

The utility's president said earlier the company doesn't know what caused the fire, but is cooperating with the investigation by state agencies.

In Northern California, fire crews still fighting the blaze that obliterated Paradise contended with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) overnight, the flames jumping 300 feet across Lake Oroville.

"For your safety and the safety of your family, please collect necessary person items and evacuate the city as quickly as possible, and please follow instructions provided by law enforcement, " Lysik said.

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The Woolsey fire in the south has so far killed two people and damaged a number of beach resorts.