Ferocious winds whip California fires as death toll rises to 31


The number of dead in a wildfire raging in California rose to 29 on Sunday, matching the deadliest in the state's history as recovery teams found six more bodies in the grim search through the wreckage.

He also took to Instagram to salute the bravery of firefighters battling the blaze, writing: "Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating". 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. Jerry Brown addressed the situation, thanking the firefighters and first responders before talking about the change that needs to happen to prevent and adapt to these fires and taking a jab at climate change deniers.

Local power authorities have told state officials an outage occurred near the spot where the fire erupted, The Sacramento Bee reported, but there is still no official cause of the Camp Fire blaze.

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

However, even he could not save his home from a fast-moving wildfire in Malibu, California, joining a list of celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Guillermo del Toro who have been affected by the fire.

Authorities are anxious that embers from the Woolsey Fire could reach unburnt buildings, spark new fires or add to the blaze, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. In Northern California, the Camp Fire killed 23 of those victims while the Woolsey Fire claimed two lives as it burned through Malibu in recent days. Two people were reported killed.

Sir Rod retorted: "Mr. President, while people's homes are burning, while lives are being lost & while firefighters are risking their lives, California needs words of support & encouragement, not threats or finger pointing & accusations".

Gerard Butler has become the latest celebrity caught up in the U.S. wildfires now tearing through the state of California.

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

Gov. Brown said he is trying to get more federal funding to battle the blazes, as he requested a "major disaster declaration" from the president earlier Sunday.

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According to Cal Fire, the fire has grown into 100,000 acres and was 20 percent contained by Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, in southern California, the Woolsey Fire has doubled in size and has now consumed 70,000 acres and continues to threaten the town of Malibu.

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.

"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago".

"Sadly my house couldn't be saved", she wrote on Instagram along with a photo of what appears to be her home in flames.

Ellen Walker, who was in her early 70s, was home alone when the fire struck on Thursday, according to Nancy Breeding, a family friend.

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

The family assumed she'd made it out and were scouring shelters and rescue centers until authorities confirmed her death late Friday.

State officials have blamed climate change and said numerous burn areas have been in federally managed lands.