Winds cause flare-ups of big Southern Californian wildfire


It has consumed around 83,000 acres, destroyed at least 177 buildings and was ten per cent contained, Cal Fire said Sunday.

Several of the bodies discovered earlier this week were found in or near burned out cars, police have said.

Drought conditions have increasingly affected the state over the past decade, causing erratic fire behavior and making efforts to contain the flames much more hard.

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

About 300,000 people statewide were under evacuation orders, majority in Southern California. At least 29 civilians have been killed in the Camp Fire, which ignited on Thursday and quickly swept through communities in the Sierra foothills, almost wiping out the bucolic town of Paradise.

The Woolsey Fire doubled in size from Friday night into Sunday threatening thousands of homes after triggering mandatory evacuation orders for a quarter million people in the upscale beach city as well as other communities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Young has lost the Malibu home he shared with his wife, Daryl Hannah since 2016, in the devastating fires.

As reported this morning, the death toll from the wildfires has risen to 31, while more than 200 people remain unaccounted for, officials have said.

The fire broke out in the Hill Canyon area on Thursday and spread quickly, jumping a major road and scorching thousands of acres of land.

The leader of the union that represents a majority of California's firefighters said Saturday that President Donald Trump should apologise for blaming the state's deadly wildfires on "poor" forest management. Clark said Sunday that high winds and dry conditions were expected over the next 24 hours: "We're at a pivotal point now".

Authorities said that numerous bodies were recovered inside homes or found in cars overcome by flames.

The Camp Fire has ripped through 164 square miles, destroying more than 6,700 buildings, a lot of them family homes.

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

Meteorologist David Gomberg told the Los Angeles Times newspaper that fire tornadoes were possible.

Jerry Brown addressed the situation, thanking the firefighters and first responders before talking about the change that needs to happen to prevent and adapt to these fires and taking a jab at climate change deniers.

The president has previously blamed Californian officials for wildfires and threatened to withhold federal funding. PG&E had no comment on the email, and state officials said the cause of the inferno was under investigation.

"And unfortunately, the best science is telling us that dryness, warmth, drought - all those things are going to intensify".

Nearly 6,000 miles away, President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew fierce criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation.