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More bodies found as officials fight California wildfire

13 Novembre 2018

"Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson tweeted that he lost his home in the fire, and Oscar victor Guillermo del Toro tweeted that his memorabilia-stuffed Bleak House might be in danger - he evacuated last night - but that "the gift of life remains".

Meanwhile, President Trump has blamed the devastating wildfires on the state's alleged "poor" forest management - triggering backlash from lawmakers, celebrities, and most notably, firefighters.

As of Sunday, the Camp Fire had blackened more than 109,000 acres at the edge of the Plumas National Forest.

The largest inferno - the so-called "Camp Fire" in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento - has destroyed 6,700 homes, business and other buildings in the town of Paradise, effectively wiping it off the map.

More than 110 people were reported missing in the fire-scorched area, said a spokeswoman for the Butte County Sheriff's office, who declined further comment.

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. "I had an opportunity to go up there and take a look for myself". "It hasn't burned in decades and I knew we didn't stand a chance".

The fire is the most destructive in the state's history and the joint deadliest.

Firefighters gained modest ground overnight against the blaze, which grew slightly to 170 square miles from the day before but was 25% contained, up from 20 %, according to the state fire agency, Cal Fire.

SoCal Edison said the report was submitted out of an abundance of caution although there was no indication from fire officials that its equipment may have been involved. Around 24 hours after the image was taken, the fire had torn through 70,000 acres of land.

Southern California Edison reported to the California Public Utilities Commission "out of an abundance of caution" that there was an outage on an electrical circuit near where the fire started Thursday.

Hollywood great Martin Sheen had to flee his home when the flames arrived in Malibu, with his actor son Charlie expressing concern for his welfare.

In Southern California, firefighters beat back a new round of winds Sunday and the fire's growth and destruction are believed to have been largely stopped.

But Cal Fire spokesman Bill Murphy warned that gusty winds predicted into Monday morning could spark "explosive fire behaviour".

With help coming from Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Washington, Osby said fire crews would have the support they need to stop the flames from spreading.

The Woosley Fire, which is affecting residents in Ventura and Los Angeles, has burned through 83,275 acres and was only 10 percent contained.

Los Angeles County fire strike teams and water dropping aircraft were working to contain the flames on or around the Pepperdine campus.

What do the politicians say?

Jerry Brown addressed the situation, thanking the firefighters and first responders before talking about the change that needs to happen to prevent and adapt to these fires and taking a jab at climate change deniers.

Nearly 6,000 miles away, President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew fierce criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation.

More bodies found as officials fight California wildfire