Gerard Butler loses home in California wildfires

12 November, 2018, 12:11 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • Kim Kardashian West among celebs afraid their homes were destroyed in wildfire

"The President's message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines", Brian K. Rice, the president of the California Professional Firefighters, said to CNN. Strong winds, low humidity, drought and vegetation so dry as to act as matchsticks exacerbated the flames.

The goal is to stamp out any new fires before they expand rapidly, and to continue to try to contain the Woolsey Fire, which has burned more than 83,000 acres, destroyed at least 150 houses and created a massive mandatory evacuation zone in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Craig Clunies-Ross and his wife had seen wildfires before and they were prepared when it was time to evacuate their Malibu home. More than 250,000 people, were evacuated, according to published reports.

The fast-moving Camp Fire blaze in the north broke out early Thursday. All told, these climate change-fueled disasters have killed at least 23 people, destroyed thousands of homes, displaced hundreds of thousands of residents across the state, and decimated the entire town of Paradise.

"There were people who weren't able to get out", Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea said at a makeshift command post at Butte College.

The bodies of two people have been discovered in Malibu but it is unclear whether their deaths were caused by fire.

Another fire swept into the affluent southern beach resort of Malibu on Friday and had doubled in size by Saturday.

As the argument intensified, state firefighters found their resources divided between a historic fire in the north and a pair of fires in the south.

Ventura county is also the location of a mass shooting this week that killed 12 people. Officials say the blaze is only five percent contained.

Another fire, called Hill Fire, measured a little more than 4,500 acres on Saturday.

Ellen Walker, 70, was alone at home in Concow near Paradise when the deadly Camp Fire struck on Thursday, said family friend Nancy Breeding. Some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian, were among the evacuees.

"That is why I am so grateful to all the jurisdictions who are here today". "I'm sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames.

It was like a firestorm, it was roaring", he told CNN affiliate KABC, referring to the Woolsey Fire.

"Things like this will be part of our future - things like this and worse", he said.

"I heard the flames have hit our property at our home in Hidden Hills but now are more contained and have stopped at the moment", she said on Twitter.

"We are really just in the middle of this protracted weather event, this fire siege", Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said.

Fire.ca.gov's Incident Information page provides everything you need to know about what's happening on the ground in these areas, with full evacuation info, available evacuation centers and shelters (including ones specifically for animals) and key road closings.

In total, 8,000 firefighters are now battling blazes in California.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Chief John Benedict said on Saturday that two people had been found dead but provided no details on the deaths. "We appreciate your work and could not be more grateful".

President Donald Trump has blamed "poor" forest management for the fires. "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

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