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31 Confirmed Deaths In California Wildfires; Camp Fire, Woosley Fire, & Hill Fire Rage On

31 Confirmed Deaths In California Wildfires; Camp Fire, Woosley Fire, & Hill Fire Rage On
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The Camp Fire rages on in Paradise, California.

Devastation Across California

The wildfires continue to rage on across California today as 31 deaths have been confirmed. The Camp Fire in Northern California, Butte County, is the deadliest wildfire  in state history. The Camp Fire has caused 29 confirmed deaths so far. In Southern California, two people have perished in the Woosley Fire in Malibu, which is burning in Los Angeles County and Ventura County in the areas of  Malibu, Westlake Village, and Thousand Oaks. The Hill Fire also continues to burn in Ventura county in Camarillo Springs and Cal State Channel Islands.

More than 250,000 people have responded to evacuation orders in just two days, but many others refused to leave their homes. In Paradise, those who ignored evacuation orders likely have come to regret their decision. Anguished family members unable to track their loved ones simply wait for any news.

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the State of California. He has requested President Trump  to make a “Presidential Major Disaster Declaration.” Governor Brown was quite clear about why he was requesting this. “If granted, a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration would make individuals in the impacted counties eligible for a number of programs and support, including crisis counseling, housing and unemployment assistance and legal services. The declaration would also help state, tribal and local governments with ongoing emergency response and recovery, including the repair and replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure, including roads, bridges and utilities.” However, President Trump has not yet made the requested declaration and has simply promised federal aid. 

The Camp Fire has annihilated almost the entire city of Paradise and has taken at least 29 lives. Furthermore, more at least 228 people are missing or unaccounted for and more than 6,700 structures have been damage. Local authorities have requested help for the grim task of identifying the bodies left charred by the fire.

“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,” said Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

The Woosley Fire in Southern California has torn through Malibu mansions and suburban homes. Two deaths have been confirmed in the Woosley fire.  The Hill Fire and Woosley Fire have prompted evacuation orders for more than 250,000 people. Also, Celebrities such as Neil Young, Robin Thicke, Gerard Butler, Shannon Dougherty, and Miley Cyrus have lost their homes.

Important to note, Thousand Oaks is still reeling from the shooting which occurred a few days where where a Marine named Ian David Long, 28, shot and killed 12 people at Borderline Bar and Grill.

CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS TO DONATE OR HELP: 

American Red CrossDonations  American Red Cross Shelter

3 Major Fires By The Numbers

There are three major wildfires in California. Here’s a breakdown by the numbers as of early Monday morning, according to Cal Fire and local officials.

Camp Fire

  • Location: Butte County
  • 105,000 acres burned
  • 20 percent contained
  • 29 fatalities confirmed, 3 firefighters injured
  • 228 people missing
  • 6,453 residences destroyed, including 260 commercial

Woolsey Fire

  • Location: Los Angeles County & Ventura County
  • 83,000 acres burned
  • 0% contained
  • 2 fatalities confirmed
  • 200,000 residents under mandatory evacuation

Hill Fire

  • Location: Ventura County
  • 4,531 acres burned
  • 25 percent contained

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