California fires bring death, but to control them fails

Firefighter unions level blistering response to Trump tweet about cutting aid for California fires

Two deaths at a residence in Los Angeles County were blamed on the Woolsey Fire, according to Cal Fire. A series of wildfires in Northern California's wine country last fall killed 44 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes.

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, investigators have been able to recover only bones and bone fragments. The worst of the blazes was in Northern California, where flames reduced the town of Paradise, population 27,000, to a smoking ruin days ago and continued to rage in surrounding communities. Rescuers removed human remains over several hours in Paradise and placed them in a black hearse.

"If there is a fire in your neighborhood do not wait for an evacuation order - leave", he said.

Sol Bechtold drove from shelter to shelter looking for his mother, a 75-year-old widow whose house burned down along with the rest of her neighbourhood. She lived alone and did not drive.

Bechtold posted a flyer on social media, pinned it to bulletin boards at shelters and showed her picture around to evacuees, asking if anyone recognized her. But what they saw when they stepped outside shocked them.

"I'm also under a dark emotional cloud".

"I smelled the fire and didn't think, grabbed my dog and left", resident Lisa Kin said Sunday, tears in her eyes and her voice breaking. "You don't know if she's safe".

"I need to sleep and cry", James added. Authorities said they have reports of 110 people still missing in the area affected by the blaze.

Brown, who has declared a state emergency, said California is requesting aid from the Trump administration.

But after that declaration, the president then threatened to withhold future federal funding should the State of California not clean up the management of its forests.

Osby said the challenges presented by climate change are clear across California.

"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", he said.

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Hot dry winds expected to blow until Tuesday whipped up the flames and heightened the urgency of evacuation orders, officials said.

In some neighborhoods "it's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there", Honea said.

As the death toll from wildfires ravaging both ends of California climbed on Sunday, powerful winds swept through the state, stretching firefighting resources to the limit.

The Southern California seaside enclave of Malibu was in jeopardy on Sunday as walls of flames powered by 85 km/h winds raced west through the Santa Monica Mountains toward the Pacific coastline, destroying multimillion dollar mansions.

"To make crass suggestions such as cutting off funding during a time of crisis shows a troubling lack of real comprehension about the disaster at hand and the unsafe job our firefighters do", Harold Schaitberger, General President of the IAFF said.

"Wildfires are sparked and spread not only in forested areas but in populated areas and open fields fueled by parched vegetation, high winds, low humidity and geography", he said.

An estimated 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Camille Grammer was also among the 150 or so Malibu residents who lost their homes. "No wet weather is expected across California through the week". But she said she always feared a wildfire since she moved there 15 years ago, especially during recent years in which there's been nearly no rain.

One of the Northern California fire's victims was an ailing woman whose body was found in bed in a burned-out house in Concow, near Paradise.

Kim Kardashian posted a message for her fans ensuring that she and her family is safe.

Breeding said Walker's husband was at work and called a neighbour to tell his wife to evacuate, but she was on medication and might not have been alert.

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