California wildfires deadliest in state's history

A Butte County Sheriff Search and Rescue crew rescue animals from the Camp Fire

Of those cases, 231 individuals had turned up safe, he said.

"This is an unprecedented event", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told an evening news conference.

"Most of the residential [area] is gone".

"We don't specifically have a time frame", said Cal Fire incident commander Todd Durham. The possible affected areas included part of Butte, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sonoma, and Yuba counties.

The satellite images above show the area ravaged by the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California over the last six days.

Rains aren't expected to hit the parched area until Thanksgiving next week, according to the National Weather Service. About 11 areas were reopened to residents. And now the Camp fire's death toll has surpassed those of the previous deadliest single fire ― the 1933 Griffith Park fire, which killed 29 ― and multiple fires in Sonoma and Napa counties a year ago, which left 44 dead.

The evacuees included celebrities who lost their homes in Malibu as well as first responders who are still working despite losing their own homes.

After days of uncertainty, Rawlings learned Tuesday morning that her "Smurf blue" home in Magalia burned to the ground.

"His world is pretty much flipped upside down", Bartek said Tuesday. "That's tough to deal with as well".

"Before, you always have hope", she said.

"If my dad hadn't have come home from work when he did, I probably wouldn't have gotten out of there, because I wouldn't have known", Bush said.

The horse "had the look of defeat in her eyes", Hill wrote. She felt around until she reached a fire engine that was hot to the touch.

"It was unbelievable to see the community pulling together to help each other out in any way they can", Hemsworth said. That's bigger than the size of Atlanta. It is 35 percent contained. As of Tuesday, the inferno was 40% contained. The blaze has torched 97,114 acres. That's an area larger than the cities of Chicago and Boston combined.

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SouthernCalifornia Edison said last week that it reported to the California Public Utilities Commission "out of an abundance of caution" that there was an outage on an electrical circuit near where the fire started Thursday but there was no indication its equipment was involved in the fire reported two minutes after the outage.

Nearly 15 minutes before the Camp Fire began near Pulga, PG&E said it experienced a transmission line outage about 1 mile northeast of the town.

On Nov. 14, officials said that approximately 100 military police will join teams searching for Camp Fire survivors, the BBC reported.

The cause of the Woolsey Fire remained under investigation. "Not only did we have good technology and a workforce for fire suppression and a willingness to spend the money - including the Smokey Bear campaign and Walt Disney - it was a real mission of the land management agencies for quite a while", he says.

Both power companies say they are cooperating with state investigators. An ATV vehicle that was also believed to have been stolen was next to the home.

"It's pretty cool. It's really incredible that people out there know that we're kind of stranded here in Malibu, " Cherie Millford Smart said.

He has requested portable morgue teams from the USA military, as well as a disaster mortuary crew, additional cadaver dogs and forensic anthropology units.

Brad Weldon grabbed a garden hose as the Camp Fire approached his house, spraying water to keep the flames at bay and protect his disabled, elderly mother inside.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell urged patience by residents being turned back at roadblocks. "Just about everyone I know lost their home".

Not since the Cloquet Fire in 1918 has a wildfire killed so many people in the United States.

County officials published the map with a disclaimer that the burn zone is still being inspected and is subject to change.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Lia Parker said more factors were at play than cutting down trees.

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