Southern California Fires Uproot Hollywood Celebrities


The Camp fire ignited at 6:33 a.m. on November 8 in Butte County, which is located north of Sacramento in the northern part of the state.

The most significant is the Camp Fire in the north, where 29 people have been confirmed dead, making it the equal worst fire on record in the state.

As officials raised the loss of homes to almost 8,800 Wednesday, Sheriff Kory Honea said the task of recovering remains had become so vast that his office brought in another 287 searchers Wednesday, including National Guard troops, bringing the total number of searchers to 461 plus 22 cadaver dogs. Along with human resources, more than 20 cadaver dogs were brought in to locate human remains.

Yuba and Butte County sheriff deputies carry a body bag with a victim of the Camp fire on Saturday in Paradise, California. The blaze has killed at least 56 people and authorities say 130 are unaccounted for.

Paradise's police department stepped up patrols after arresting three people on charges of looting.

The Butte County town of Paradise, CA has been ground zero with almost 8,800 homes destroyed.

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Chaplains accompanied some coroner search teams that visited dozens of addresses belonging to people who were reported missing. I have my clothes and I have a backpack, and that's pretty much it, ' he said. "As of tonight, we now have 130 people on our unaccounted for list". Among them, celebrities are who posting their thoughts and experiences on social media.

Actor James Woods, a rare political conservative in liberal Hollywood, has made new friends by using his Twitter account to help find missing people and getting help for pets, including horses.

The third blaze known as the Hill Fire has ripped through 4,500 acres in Ventura county. Since it broke out, the fire has burned 98,362 acres and destroyed an estimated 504 structures.

The high winds have eased, Cal Fire director Ken Pimlott told reporters late on Wednesday, but vegetation around the Camp Fire remained critically dry and conditions were risky. Some victims were found in or around the burned-out wreckage of their vehicles. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles. Family members called the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and asked if they could perform a welfare check on the man after they hadn't heard from him since Friday.

Authorities are bringing in two mobile morgue units from the military, requesting an additional 150 search-and-rescue personnel, and seeking the set-up of a rapid DNA system to speed up the analysis of remains.

According to the National Weather Service, weather conditions were forecast to worsen in Southern California, where the Woolsey and Hill Fires are raging, The New York Times reported.