Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Here's How to Help Victims of the California Wildfires

Here's How to Help Victims of the California Wildfires

Warning: Some images in this story may be distressing.

As relatives desperately searched shelters for missing loved ones on Sunday, crews searching the smoking ruins of Paradise and outlying areas found six more bodies, raising the death toll to 29, matching the deadliest wildfire in California history.

A remarkable video taken from a auto driving through wildfires in northern California gives a terrifying perspective of the blaze which has seen thousands evacuated.

More than 8,000 firefighters in all battled three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews arriving.

Honea's office has ordered an additional DNA lab truck and received help from two teams of anthropologists from California State University at Chico for the time-consuming and daunting task of searching for and identifying victims.

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In the vast state along the Pacific Ocean, officials said that 150,000 residents have been displaced as high winds and tinder-dry conditions have helped fuel blazes that have torched more than 1,000 square kilometers of forest lands, residential communities and business districts.

Capt Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats while battling a fire.

Butler said it is a "heartbreaking time across California". "We have a real challenge here threatening our whole way of life, so we've got to pull together".

California is requesting emergency aid from the Trump administration.

Trump has criticized the California government in Tweets this weekend, blaming poor forest management for the infernos. Two more have perished near Malibu in the south of the state. Twenty-nine people have now been confirmed dead and another 228 are unaccounted for in a Northern California blaze alone.

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At least 31 people have died from three major wildfires burning in California.

Some of the thousands of people forced from their homes were allowed to return, and authorities reopened U.S. 101, a major freeway through the fire zone in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The 1978 Malibu firestorm destroyed hundreds of homes, including Young's. "I have heard that said countless times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another", he wrote. The fire had grown to 177 square miles (303 square kilometres) and was 25 per cent contained, authorities said.

Robin Thicke posted a statement on Instagram to express gratitude for volunteers and firefighters.

Actor Gerard Butler had his home gutted by the fires as well, while Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga were forced to evacuate their homes in the area. It devastated the mountain community of Paradise, destroying 6,700 homes and businesses - more structures than any other California wildfire on record, according to Reuters.

The blaze has probably caused between $2 billion and $4 billion in insured property damage, Morgan Stanley estimated in a report on Monday.

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It's been a devastating week for Californians as the wildfires continue to rage. Public safety officials toured the Paradise area to begin discussing the recovery.

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