Newfoundland woman searching for family missing in Northern California

Celebrities amoung those with lost homes in the Californian wildfires

As the wildfires in California continue to rage, President Donald Trump released a response to the devastation that Jimmy Kimmel called "wrong". At least 228 people were still missing, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

The Camp Fire is one of the most destructive ever in California history with over 6,000 people losing their homes.

Two other infernos were ignited in Southern California on Thursday, quickly taking over almost 150 square miles.

The sheriff said he also has requested three portable morgue teams from the USA military, a "disaster mortuary" crew and an unspecified number of cadaver dog units to assist in the search for human remains.

Honea has requested three portable morgue teams from the USA military, a "disaster mortuary" crew, cadaver dog units to locate human remains and three groups of forensic anthropologists.

The town, with a population of 27,000 was destroyed by the fire. Of those cases, 231 individuals had turned up safe, he said.

The remains of at least 42 people killed in northern California, US, wildfires have been located, which makes it the deadliest wildland fire in the history of the state, Sheriff said.

The fires have spread with an erratic intensity that has strained firefighting resources while catching many residents by surprise. Trump declared a state of emergency in California on Saturday.

PG&E Corp, which operates in northern California, and Edison International, the owner of Southern California Edison Co, have reported to regulators that they experienced problems with transmission lines or substations in areas where fires were reported around the time they started.

The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape.

Fire officials say the vast fire, which stretches from north of Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean, is only 30 percent contained - although that is significant progress from only a few days earlier. Firefighters are battling the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire in Southern California.

Whipping winds and tinder-dry conditions threaten more areas through the rest of the week, fire officials warned. Cal Fire said 57,000 structures were still in harm's way from the Woolsey Fire.

The Woolsey Fire, which has claimed two lives and burned more than 90,000 acres (36,421 hectares), was 30 percent contained by Monday evening.

Full evacuations remained in place for the communities of Topanga and Malibu.

If you can't decide on a campaign or want to help more than one, you can also donate to their Direct Impact Fund, which supports a number of campaigns connected to California fires.



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