Camp Fire death toll now at 48, worst in state history

Tanya Cunningham
November 14, 2018

Authorities said on Monday evening that they found the bodies of 13 more victims, increasing the death toll from 29 tallied over the weekend.

In the south, the Woolsey and Hill fires also continued to rage.

The fire erupted last Thursday as gusty, dry Santa Ana winds and spread rapidly through communities stretching from northwest of Los Angeles to the Malibu coast.

A team from NASA has created maps using satellite data that show the areas most damaged by the ongoing Woolsey and Camp wildfires, the deadliest in the state's history.

The town's Skyway road was the main route out for people urgently trying to escape the town as the fire closed in.

According to papers filed in state court in California by more than two dozen fire victims, the Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) did not maintain its infrastructure and failed to properly inspect and manage its power transmission lines, which were seen to be sparking on the day before the blaze began. So far it has burned more than 109,000 acres and is nearly 25 percent contained as of the most recent reporting by BBC News. "Firefighters actively fought the fire and worked aggressively".

Two people have died and three firefighters have been injured battling the blaze.

However, diminished winds and higher humidity levels allowed crews to make headway against the flames, fire officials said.


Authorities have also reopened USA 101.

CBS2 and KCAL9 are teaming up with the Los Angeles Rams and the United Way to help raise money for victims of the recent fires in Ventura and L.A. counties. It was 35 percent contained as of Tuesday.

The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount to cover a variety of losses, including lost homes, properties and personal belongings, as well as evacuation and temporary housing costs, emotional trauma and loss of income. Twenty-nine people have now been confirmed dead and another 228 are unaccounted for in a Northern California blaze alone.

In Paradise, a town with a population of 27,000, roughly 7,700 homes have been destroyed by the inferno.

However, state officials are looking into multiple scenarios which could provide a glimpse of conditions near the origin of the fire.

President Trump has approved an expedited request for a disaster declaration for the California fires, saying he wanted "to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on".

Trump initially tweeted, "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor".

"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.

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