NASA maps deadly California fire destruction from space

NASA maps deadly California fire destruction from space

Within days of being sparked, recent multiple wildfires in California ravaged the state, destroying homes and claiming lives. "Because I know the toll it takes on loved ones", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Monday night as he announced the discovery of 13 more dead. Camp Fire, the largest of the wildfires by some margin, began to tear through California on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Two other infernos were ignited in Southern California on Thursday, quickly taking over almost 150 square miles.

Authorities picking their way through burned-out neighborhoods say a Southern California wildfire has now destroyed at least 435 buildings, majority homes.

Dan Sauvageau, a developer from Roseville, California, on Sunday raced 90 minutes north to Magalia in Butte County to help a friend evacuate his family of animals - a cat, a dog, three goats (one of them pregnant) and a donkey.

He also shared a photo of what the home looked like before the fire, which has destroyed at least 177 homes in the region, along with footage of other buildings damaged in the blaze.

The deadly wildfires ripping through California have forced hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate, including some celebrities whose homes have been lost to the blazes. Of those cases, 231 individuals had turned up safe, he said. The toll rose from 29 on Sunday.

The fires have spread with an erratic intensity that has strained firefighting resources while catching many residents by surprise.

A scorched rabbit lays by a visitor center burnt down by the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California. PG&E Corp, which operates in northern California, and Edison International, the owner of Southern California Edison Company, have reported to regulators that they experienced problems with transmission lines or substations in areas where fires were reported, just before or close to the time they started.

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"Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".

More than 4,000 are fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires in California that have burned over 170,000 acres.

Meanwhile in Southern California, at least 435 buildings were torched by the Woolsey and Hill fires that ignited on Thursday afternoon and ripped across almost 100,000 acres in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Winds of up to 40 miles per hour (64 km per hour) were expected to continue in Southern California through Tuesday, heightening the risk of fresh blazes ignited by scattered embers.

More than 15,000 more structures remained listed as threatened on Monday in an area so thick with smoke that visibility was reduced in some places to less than half a mile.

Blaze: A firefighter is silhouetted by a burning home along Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) during the Woolsey Fire in Malibu.

The late-night host explained, "The federal government manages most of the forest land in California, not the state, [Trump's] the one who cut the funding, California actually pays more money to the federal government than it gets back, and of course he does nothing about climate change, which is why these fires happen".