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Authorities search for missing as California wildfires rage on

13 November 2018

In a post on his website, singer Neil Young stated that he had just lost "another" home to a California fire.

The Woolsey Fire doubled in size from Friday night into Sunday, threatening thousands of homes after triggering mandatory evacuation orders for a quarter million people in the upscale Malibu beach colony as well as other communities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Mr Trump, on a trip to France, said in a Twitter post early yesterday, "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

Cyrus expressed gratitude for firefighters and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and encouraged her followers to donate to a half-dozen fire aid and disaster relief organisations.

The California wildfires are still raging, and the situation has worsened considerably, with the death toll rising to 31 while more than 200 people are missing. And the state's biggest fire by area, this year's Mendocino Complex blaze, resulted in just one confirmed death across more than 450,000 acres.

In Northern California, where more than 6,700 buildings have been destroyed in the blaze that obliterated Paradise, firefighters contended with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) overnight, the fire jumping 300 feet across Lake Oroville.

In a bit of morbid irony, LAFD's historical archive claims that almost 350 workers were in their final day of work the day of the fire. "The chickens are coming home to roost, this is real here".

Almost 230 people were unaccounted for by the sheriff's reckoning, four days after the fire swept over the town of 27,000 and practically wiped it off the map with flames so fierce that they melted metal off cars. "There's a lot of people in the world who are dealing with a lot more". The fire is now at 20 percent containment. She said: "My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family and friends stand strong".

Firefighters have said the dry conditions will only serve to help fan the flames as crews struggle to keep the fires under control.

In Northern California, the offshore winds that had been whipping the area for days are expected to die down Monday, Hennen said. If the death toll gets any worse, it will be the deadliest wildfire in California history. Almost two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry.

State Sen. Henry Stern, a Democrat from Los Angeles, said fires aren't about politics or jurisdictions.

That fire started not far from where the region's huge Woolsey fire began last week.

The blazes left behind scenes of utter ruin, with homes and businesses reduced to charred wreckage and the winds also spreading large amounts of ash. Ten of the bodies were found in the town of Paradise while four were discovered in the Concow area, both in Butte County.

The painstaking process of finding the missing and identifying the dead is challenging, with some of the bodies burned beyond recognition.

"In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments", Honea, the Butte County sheriff and coroner, told reporters.

"LA is a pretty great place but if fires are all we have to deal with, you know, we're lucky", "Rules of Engagement" actor Oliver Hudson told the AP at a charity event in Culver City.

Authorities search for missing as California wildfires rage on