California Wildfires Rage, Claiming Structures and Lives

California Wildfires Rage, Claiming Structures and Lives

Los Angeles County firefighters attack flames approaching the Salvation Army camps in Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire on November 10 near Malibu.

PG&E's stock saw its worst decline in 16 years with the stock falling 17% Monday, as a fire in Northern California's Sierra Nevada foothills continued to rage.

A smaller blaze in Southern California, the Hill Fire, was 75 percent contained and had burned 4,531 acres, officials said. At the latest count the flames had reduced 45 square kilometers of Butte County's forested hills mostly to charred wasteland - although just three firefighters have been injured in the effort to quell its advance. He said 228 people were still unaccounted for.

At least two people have died in the Woolsey Fire, which is 32 kilometres (20 miles) long and 22 kilometres (14 miles) wide, threatening 57,000 structures, officials said.

He knows friends and family are still being reunited with missing loved ones, but he said his unease grows every day.

His office has established additional hotlines for those trying to locate their loved ones.

Firefighters on Sunday managed to contain flare-ups generated by high winds in canyons along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and Bell Canyon in Ventura County, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

A recent study found the number of homes at risk of wildfires in the western USA increased 1,000 percent since 1940, from about 607,000 in 1940 to 6.7 million.

In a report to California's utilities regulator, Southern California Edison Company, a unit of Edison International, said it had experienced an outage at a substation in the San Fernando Valley around two minutes before the Woolsey Fire began.

The rock legend posted a scathing response to Trump's criticism of the department's "forest management" on his website.

"There is still very steep, very challenging area between Santos Ranch up into the bottom part of Magalia", Bischof said.

Hot, dry winds were expected to whip up the fires burning in both tinder-dry southern and northern California until Tuesday, officials said.

A red flag warning was in effect until 7 a.m. PT on Monday. Firefighters working around the clock have gotten the blaze 25 percent contained. The fire, fueled by whipping Santa Ana winds, has grown marginally to 92,000 acres (144 square miles). The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

"I think there are lots and lots of people who think of Malibu as just being a celebrity second-home culture", Bowen said at the Culver City event, "but there are people who is this is their first, last and only homes are there and going all up and down those canyons and they're not necessarily, "who cares they're rich and glamorous they can afford to lose a home". For those on the grim search, no cars in the driveway is good, one auto a little more ominous and multiple burned-out vehicles equals a call for extra vigilance.

The Lynn fire broke out in Thousand Oaks, which is still reeling from a horrific mass shooting that took 12 lives last week.

The new figures released Monday evening come as a wildfire continues to burn its way through scenic but drought-stricken canyonlands in and around Malibu, where celebrity homes have burned along with modest mobile homes.

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