Death toll expected to rise as wildfires continue to ravage California


Celebrities whose coastal homes have been damaged or destroyed in a Southern California wildfire or were forced to flee from the flames expressed sympathy and solidarity with less-famous people hurt worse by the state's deadly blazes, and gave their gratitude to firefighters who kept them safe.

Winds of up to 64 km per hour were expected to continue in southernCalifornia through Tuesday, heightening the risk of fresh blazes ignited by scattered embers, while the winds were forecast to begin diminishing later on Monday at the site of the Camp Fire.

Mansions belonging to movie star Gerard Butler and singer Robin Thicke were among at least 177 homes lost in the Southern California fire.

The president then changed his focus to a more conventional tack, tweeting, "More than 4,000 are fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires in California that have burned over 170,000 acres".

It now equals the deadliest wildfire on record in California - the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles.

Evacuations were ordered for the east side of the neighboring town of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people, as flames from the blaze were being driven by 56 kph winds.

Hones said that 228 people remained unaccounted for while officials located 107 individuals and were working with shelters to establish if people reported missing are there.

"The President's message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines", Rice said in a November 5 statement.

At a news conference late on Sunday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the bodies of five people had been found in their burned-out homes and a sixth was found inside a vehicle. At least 31 people were killed by the fires after officials discovered additional remains on Sunday.

"These are extreme conditions".

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Later in the day November 10, the president encouraged residents to heed evacuation orders, and wrote: "Our hearts are with those fighting the fires".

Many of those allowed to return were left without power or cellphone service, even if their homes were spared by the flames.

Of the 30 homes in the area, 28 were destroyed, including his, Phillips said.

"It all came down to luck and a whole lot of buckets of water", he told local media. Aircraft were also able to enter the "problem area" of Santos Ranch to contain the fire.

A firefighter walks through an apartment complex as the Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu, California, US on November 9, 2018. "Your house can be rebuilt, but you can't bring your life back". But it's what is inside the house.

The longtime environmentalist also took aim at U.S. President Donald Trump for suggesting on Twitter that the fire was due to poor forest management.

"Brian Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters, said, ". almost 60 percent of California forests are under federal management.

Forest management is not at issue in the recent fires, fire science experts told the Associated Press.

"I don't really want to politicize our efforts right now", Osby said.