Death toll hits 23 as 250,000 flee worst fires in California history

Death toll hits 23 as 250,000 flee worst fires in California history

The death toll from the most destructive fire to hit California rose to 23 on Saturday as rescue workers recovered more bodies of people killed by the devastating blaze.

Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea said Friday that three people were found outside homes and four people inside vehicles.

"Our firefighters have been facing some extreme, tough fire conditions that they said that they've never seen in their lives", Osby said. Pieces of bodies were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags.

The northern California fire, dubbed Camp Fire, has already become the most destructive fire in state history.

In fire zones north and south, acrid smoke blanketed the sky for miles, the sun barely visible.

Locals fled the danger, but police told AFP some farmers returned to check on their cattle.

California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom responded on Twitter that this was "not a time for partisanship".

Saturday saw a brief reprieve in the fierce winds fueling the fires, and firefighters hoped to use the break to their advantage.

By Saturday night, the Camp Fire had burned 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares) and was only 20% contained. Officials said two firefighters and multiple residents were injured.

They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze.

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Sheriff's officials would only say that two fatalities were reported in the 33000 block of Mulholland Highway, the same address provided to the Acorn by the source the day before.

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Wildfire raged on both sides of the city still in mourning, where about three-quarters of the population are under evacuation orders that officials urged them to heed.

The "Woolsey Fire" had consumed around 69,000 acres, destroyed at least 150 homes and was so far not contained, the Ventura County Fire Department said, adding that evacuation orders were issued for some 88,000 homes in the county and neighboring Los Angeles County. "We pretty much had enough time to get the dogs in the trunk".

A fire truck stands by as the Camp Fire burns in the hills on November 11, 2018 near Big Bend, California.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who lives just north of coastal Malibu, revealed she was forced to flee her home.

Hundreds of kilometres to the south, at least two people died in the Woolsey blaze, which is threatening the wealthy beach community of Malibu, near Los Angeles. "We had tremendous, demonic winds is the only way I can put it". "Thank you for being a good person and caring about others", someone commented.

"What really hampered our ability to combat this fire is we didn't have enough resources for containment", he said.

The iconic Paramount Ranch, one of the locations used during seasons one and two of "Westworld", was burned as well as The Agoura Hills mansion that hosts the production shoots for ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette".

Director Guillermo del Toro tweeted that Bleak House, his museum of horror movie memorabilia, was also in the path of the flames. The other victims were found near or inside homes that burned.