For many California wildfire evacuees, there's nothing left to return to

With California's Raging Fires, Fear And Devastation

Officials said the bodies of five people were found in their burned-out homes and the sixth was found in a vehicle in northern California's Camp Fire, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters on Sunday evening. I've been on the phone with a lot of folks close to me in Northern California and in southern California.

Evacuation orders have been issued to more than 250,000 people across California, with authorities urging residents not to ignore warnings to flee.

The home for 22 years of Bengston and his wife, Ramona, was the only house on his block that burned.

An anthropology team from California State University at Chico was also assisting, because in some cases "the only remains we are able to find are bones or bone fragments".

President Trump also took to Twitter to write: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor".

Smoke billows from the Camp Fire as a firefighting helicopter flies near Pulga, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.

Only the Griffith Park Fire in 1933 and Tunnel Fire in 1991 have claimed more lives.

The fires started on Thursday and have killed at least 31 people, with more than 200 people missing.

The mayor of Paradise, Jody Jones, gave the BBC an update on the situation in the town. Much of what makes the city function is gone. "You don't know if she's safe", he said.

McGregor said he probably would not rebuild: "I have nothing here to go back to". "Just about everyone I know lost their home".

But the bulk of firefighter resources were focused on the Camp Fire, the deadliest in the state since 1991.

Firefighters fended off strong winds overnight and gained modest ground against the blaze, which grew slightly to 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) from the day before and was 25 percent contained, up from 20 percent, said David Clark, a spokesman for the state fire agency. The blaze has already burned 83,275 acres of land and has destroyed 177 structure with another 15,000 structures threatened. It is only 10% contained.

The Woolsey Fire has since been 10% contained, but firefighters are wary of an anticipated increase in winds later today.

He said the footprint of the Woolsey Fire contains many unburned areas that are vulnerable to embers stoked by gusts that could reach 64kmh.

She, her husband and six others rode out the fire in a tunnel a short distance up the road as the fire burned the hillsides above and all around them.

Firefighters used a respite from strong winds on Saturday to drop fire retardants to strengthen firebreaks. Officials said they expect the wind to die down by midday Monday, but there was still no rain in sight.

Winds of up to 64 km per hour were forecast to blow across the area on Sunday.

What do the politicians say?

Trump calls climate change a "hoax".

"We're putting everything we've got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid", Brown's letter said.

Trump, who was in France for World War I commemorations, drew criticism online for his somewhat unsympathetic reaction to the devastation earlier on Saturday.

"And as evident by the Camp Fire in Northern California - which is larger than this, more structures have been lost than this, more lives have been lost - it's evident from that situation statewide that we're in climate change and it's going to be here for the foreseeable future", Osby said.

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