The Camp Fire that started on Thursday at 6:30 a.m. in Northern California has destructed over 90,000 acres and killed atleast nine people , according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The dead have not been identified. Law enforcement is also investigating two deaths in Malibu in an area affected by the Woolsey Fire, though it’s unclear if those deaths were consequences of the fire.
A quarter of a million people have been forced from their homes statewide as the Camp Fire in the north and two other major fires — Woolsey and Hill — in Southern California burned this weekend.
Only 5 percent got contained and firefighters found it very difficult to contain the wildfires as intense winds and low humidity fuelled the blaze and spread them even farther. Since there wasn’t no rain recently, the dry vegetation has only served to fuel the fires.
The Landsat 8 spacecraft, which is run jointly by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), captured dramatic imagery Thursday (Nov. 8) of the Camp Fire. The fast-moving blaze has destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise, killed at least nine people and sent smoke billowing across much of the state.
And in Southern California, while another fast-growing brush fire left employees at the Los Angeles Zoo racing to protect animals from smoke.
In Thousand Oaks, a community mourning this week’s mass shooting, a recreation center where survivors grieved was filled with people fleeing the fire.
President Donald Trump tweeted and blamed the wildfires on the “gross mismanagement of the forests” in a tweet early Saturday. “Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” he said.
Currently in Northern California, nearly 7,000 structures have been destroyed, including 80% to 90% of the homes in Paradise, north of Sacramento, fire officials said.
While the fire crossed US 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks — the site of Wednesday night’s bar shooting — and was headed south to the Pacific coast in the direction of Malibu Creek State Park and the city of Malibu, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
In Malibu, mandatory evacuations were ordered for the entire city of about 12,000 people.”It’s been a brutal, hellish three days for the city of Thousand Oaks,” City Councilwoman Claudia Bill-de la Peña said at a press conference Saturday.
The California wildfires are ever growing and have caused destruction to both sides of the entire city of Paradise as firefighters are battling massive fires on both sides of the state. At least 25 people were killed by the so-called Camp Fire in Butte County, authorities said. Most of the buildings in Paradise are in ruin and its business district is destroyed. More than 6,700 structures, almost all of them homes have been completely consumed in flames. Authorities said there were 110 people still missing.
“We are doing everything we possibly can to identify those remains and make contact with the next of kin so we can return the remains to the family,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Saturday evening.
The Camp Fire is just one of three major wildfires that firefighters are battling across the state, currently the fire is consuming 70,000-acre Woolsey Fire tore through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes in Southern California’s hills and canyons. In less than two days, the Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire, which is also burning in Southern California, prompted evacuation orders for more than 250,000 people.
“I know that the news of us recovering bodies has to be disconcerting,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a news conference Saturday evening. “We are doing everything we possibly can to identify those remains and make contact with the next of kin so we can return the remains to the family.”
“My heart goes out to those people,” he said.
“It really seems like we are chasing it, it moves so fast, so aggressive, and the fire behavior is just so intense,” said Mike Grosenbach, a Los Angeles County firefighter.
Peesident Donald Trump’s tweet also raised the heat amongst officials and authorities California Professional Firefighters alike – President Brian K. Rice addressed in a statement saying :
Death toll has risen to 42 from the fires and over 7,000 homes and businesses have been destroyed by flames since the fires began last Thursday. Many celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler, Catlyn Jenner, Neil Young and Robin Thicke also lost their homes to the fire.
Apart from humans, many pets and animals also lost their lives to this devastating fire. Allison Cardona, a deputy director of Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control, told NBC News that around 7,000 animals – including over 500 horses and nine cows – are being cared for by the agency.
She estimated that ‘at least 10,000’ pets have been displaced by the Woolsey and Hill Fires.
She told NBC News: “It’s hard to wrap your head around what a disaster this is – for people and animals.
“Anything that impacts people, impacts their animals.”