Death toll from northern California wildfire climbs to 48


The death toll from the raging Camp Fire in the USA state of California has increased to 48 as rescuers continue to search for missing residents in and around the town of Paradise, authorities said.

The death toll tied to wildfires charring Northern and Southern California climbed to almost four dozen late Monday, as one is now the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history.

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.

"It is not a safe environment whatsoever", he said.

Authorities said they were bringing in two mobile morgue units from the military, requesting an additional 150 search-and-rescue personnel, and seeking the setup of a rapid DNA system to speed the analysis of remains.

Three portable morgue teams have been requested from the U.S. military along with a "disaster mortuary" crew and three groups of forensic anthropologists.

The couple was last seen evacuating their Paradise home on Thursday with two pickup trucks and a travel trailer, so they could be camping.

Stocks of California's two largest energy companies fell sharply on Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported, as investors anxious about where blame for the deadly fire will fall.

Another two people died in the separate Woolsey Fire that has destroyed 435 structures and displaced about 200,000 people in the mountains and foothills near Southern California's Malibu coast, west of Los Angeles.

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As I've mentioned before, the exact cause of the fires in northern and southern California have not been determined, yet. The measure hastens availability of federal emergency aid to fire-stricken regions of the state.

Former Paradise fire chief Jim Broshears is running the EOC and says the short visits will happen within daylight hours, even for those whose homes are still standing. "Helicopters flying every which way, cars, people trying to get out all at once".

Large American flags stuck into the ground lined both sides of the road at the town limits, and temporary stop signs appeared overnight at major intersections. Then, she called her husband, who urged her to run, she said.

More than 15,000 structures were threatened by the Camp Fire on Monday in an area so thick with smoke that visibility was reduced in some places to less than half a mile.

A brush fire broke out in Fontana, located in San Bernardino County, on Tuesday night, Fox 5 San Diego reported.

Crews have managed to carve containment lines around 30 percent of the Camp Fire perimeter, an area encompassing 117,000 acres of scorched, smoldering terrain.

A man who asked to be identified by only his first name, Scott, told the San Francisco Chronicle that when the "Camp Fire" surrounded his home in Concow in Butte County he and his family plunged into a reservoir along with a 90-year-old neighbor, Bruno. "Engines continue to patrol neighborhoods monitoring for embers". Air tankers were preparing to drop retardant in the fire's path to impede its progress, officials said.

That number includes more than 7,600 homes, Cal Fire said.

CHICO, Calif. A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California's deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends. Six people had been arrested.