Horse Found 'Shivering Uncontrollably' Survives California Wildfire by Hiding in Backyard Pool

Rosalie Gross
November 15, 2018

Officials also said that more than 10,300 structures had been destroyed by the flames, including 8,650 homes.

In total 100 National Guard troops have joined cadaver dogs, anthropology teams and mobile morgues in the search for those killed in the flames.

More than 8,800 buildings, majority houses, burned to the ground in and around Paradise, a hamlet once home to 27,000 people. The Butte County Sheriff has not said when people will be allowed to return to their neighborhoods.

The 42 confirmed fatalities marked the highest death toll in history from a single California wildfire, Honea said, far surpassing the previous record of 29 lives lost in 1933 from the Griffith Park blaze in Los Angeles.

US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and California Governor Jerry Brown were scheduled to tour the area, as well as the site of the Woolsey Fire, where two people have died about 64 km west of Los Angeles.

A Jack In The Box restaurant damaged by the Camp Fire is seen in Paradise, California.

Madison County Assistant Fire Chief Troyce Miskin said the fire departments in California sent out requests for resources from other states. I've been here since 1963 in Malibu but when the fire storm came over the hill here and it was about 60 miles an hour plus, it turned pitch black when the fire storm came over.

One primary focus is the fact that tens of thousands of people are out of their homes - either burned out or evacuated - and are desperate to get back in.

Large American flags stuck into the ground lined both sides of the road at the town limits, and temporary stop signs appeared overnight at major intersections.

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"Before, you always have hope", she said. She said detectives are concerned they will be overwhelmed by calls from relatives if the entire list is released.

Melissa Schuster, a member of the Paradise town council, told ABC News that the entire town "is a toxic wasteland right now".

"This is one of the worst disasters I've seen in my career, hands down", Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told reporters in the nearby city of Chico.

The Camp Fire north of San Francisco has burned 117,000 acres and is 30 percent contained, Cal Fire said in an update Monday night.

To the south, Woolsey Fire has blackened almost 94,000 acres and was also 30 percent contained as of Monday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

'The humidity will go way up - it will help lay down the fire and help the fire crews to make faster progress on it'.

The latest tally of casualties from the blaze, dubbed the Camp Fire, was announced by Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea as forensic teams combed through a ghostly landscape strewn with ash and charred debris in Paradise, once home to 27,000 people.

At least 44 deaths have been reported so far from the late-season wildfires and with hundreds of people unaccounted for the toll is likely to rise, as thousands of tired firefighters waged a pitched battle against the deadliest infernos in California's history. Six people had been arrested. Last year's Tubbs Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties was blamed for killing 22 people.

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