Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

California's Camp Fire burned hot enough to melt aluminum in cars

California's Camp Fire burned hot enough to melt aluminum in cars

The town of Paradise has basically been wiped out completely by this fire.

The devastation was so complete in some neighbourhoods that, "It's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there", Mr Honea said.

"Everywhere the cars were on fire and I didn't see anybody walking and all I could think of is there were people in those cars", Wilken said.

The blaze has burned more than 85,000 acres of tinder dry brush around Los Angeles, triggering mandatory evacuation orders for a quarter of a million people.

Alameda County Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains after the Camp fire.

Entire neighbourhoods were levelled, destroying more than 6700 buildings, nearly all of them homes, and the business district was destroyed by a blaze that threatened to explode again with the same fury that largely incinerated the foothill town.

Authorities have been forced to bring in a mobile DNA lab to help identify some of the victims.

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US President Donald Trump said he approved an "expedited" major disaster declaration for California over the deadly wildfires burning at both ends of the state.

In northern California, fire crews still fighting the blaze that obliterated Paradise contended with wind gusts up to 64kph overnight - with flames jumping 90 metres across Lake Oroville.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby stressed there were numerous hotspots and plenty of fuel that had not yet burned, but at sunset he said there had been huge successes despite "a very challenging day".

But when he returned to his house, he found only debris, ashes, and a burned down vehicle. Everything is burned up.

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

Numerous missing are from Butte County, where the most destructive fire in state history is burning.

On the northern fire in California: Let's start up north first that's the campfire, as it's been called.

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Three firefighters have been injured in the effort to quell the blaze's advance.

Together with the smaller Hill fire, which spans 4,531 acres, the Woolsey fire has so far destroyed 179 structures, but fire officials say another 57,000 are threatened.

Authorities also searched for more than 200 people unaccounted for, voicing concern about a possible rising death toll, as gusty, dry winds spurred the spreading flames.

Cafe tables and umbrellas stand idle as the remains of Mama Celeste's Gastropub and Pizzeria lies in ruins after wildfires devastated the area in Paradise.

"Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating", Gerard Butler wrote in an Instagram post next to a photo that showed a burned-out structure and a badly scorched vehicle. "And this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years", California Governor Jerry Brown said Sunday in a stark warning over the likely damaging effects of climate change. That has already become the deadliest fire in California's history, at least 29 people confirmed dead there.

While premieres shed their glitz, there were few reports of industry production affected by the wildfire that has killed two and destroyed more than 400 homes. Of the six discovered Sunday, five were in homes and one was in a vehicle.

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