More Than 200 Still Missing In California's Deadliest Wildfire

Marsha Scott
November 13, 2018

If the death toll gets any worse, it will be the deadliest wildfire in California history.

Two deadly wildfires continue to burn in California where thousands of firefighters are working to save homes and lives. Hundreds of kilometres to the south at least two people died in the Woolsey conflagration threatening the wealthy beach community of Malibu, near Los Angeles.

Friday morning, after being on alert for days as Santa Ana winds dried out what little moisture there was in the area, Phillips said he saw flames on a neighboring hillside about a mile and a half to the east. Four days have passed since the raging Camp Fire first ripped through the retirement community of Paradise and beyond, burning at a rate of 30 football fields per minute and hot enough to melt auto parts.

The Butte County Sheriff's office said the victims were mostly found dead inside or near their cars.

Sol Bechtold drove from shelter to shelter looking for his mother, Joanne Caddy, a 75-year-old widow whose house burned down along with the rest of her neighborhood in Magalia, just north of Paradise. Your mother's somewhere and you don't know where she's at. "She's kind of homebound".

More than 30 Butte County sheriff's deputies reported for duty despite losing their homes, CNN affiliate KTXL reported.

"It's my community, it's where I grew up".

"I saw some dead animals, they weren't burned, their fur wasn't burned off, they were baked", he said. "There was no question about it". Took me 3 hours to get out of there. It has destroyed an estimated 6,700 buildings, most of which were homes. "The rate of spread is exponentially more than it used to be", said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen, noting at a news conference that California's fires in 2018 grow far more quickly than they did even 10 years ago. "Please listen to evacuation orders from State and local officials!"

Among those to evacuate were some celebrities whose homes have been lost to the fires.

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Thicke posted a statement on Instagram thanking firefighters and volunteers who "risked their lives trying to save our home".

He has previously blamed Californian officials for wildfires and threatened to withhold federal funding.

That fire and one in southern California called the Woolsey Fire have killed at least 31 people.

"We are entering a new normal". "The chickens are coming home to roost, this is real here".

He said 4,000 firefighters are battling the Camp and Woolsey fires that had burned almost 70,000 hectares. That leaves a lot of dry vegetation to feed the fires. Hearses stood by as crews searched for bodies in the smoking ruins.

He opened the horse gates to let them escape, then jumped in his vehicle and raced down the hill toward a roadway, where no other traffic was left and his option was to turn left or right.

More than 200 people are still unaccounted for, Honea said.

Hot, dry winds were expected to whip up the fires burning in both tinder-dry southern and northern California until Tuesday, officials said, while urging residents to heed evacuation orders.

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