Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Victims of Camp Fire Sue PG&E for Allegedly Causing Deadly Blaze

Victims of Camp Fire Sue PG&E for Allegedly Causing Deadly Blaze

Battling the blaze are 5,100 firefighters, some from Washington state and Texas, backed by more than 600 fire engines and 21 helicopters, Cal Fire said.

Most of those who remain unaccounted for are from Paradise, which was once home to 27,000 people but was largely incinerated last Thursday night in the killer blaze, dubbed the Camp Fire.

The appeal came a day after Mr Trump threatened to cut funding for California, blaming the fires on poor forest management.

He has requested portable morgue teams from the U.S. military, as well as a disaster mortuary crew, additional cadaver dogs and forensic anthropology units.

There had been 208 suspicious incidents reported in Camp Fire's evacuation zone, with 18 of them linked to looting, according to an announcement by the Butte County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday.

Crews have managed to carve containment lines around 30 percent of the Camp Fire perimeter, an area encompassing 117,000 acres of scorched, smoldering terrain.

"This gives us the opportunity to construct our lines, so we can be ready for the fire and put it out", he said. Authorities said the blaze has grown in size to 215 square miles and destroyed almost 9,000 homes.

The news was likewise more upbeat on the southern end of California's wildfire front, where a blaze called the Woolsey Fire has killed two people, destroyed more than 400 structures and displaced some 200,000 people in the mountains and foothills near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles.

As the remains of eight more victims were found on Wednesday, the toll in California's deadliest wildfire has reached 56.

Chaplains accompanied some coroner search teams that visited dozens of addresses belonging to people reported missing.


Two deaths were previously linked to the weeklong blaze in Ventura and Los Angeles counties that was 47 percent contained after scorching more than 152 square miles, engulfing homes, scenic canyon getaways and celebrity estates.

Pacific Gas & Electric has tapped out its revolving credit facilities for more than $3 billion, a move the utility said would provide it "greater financial flexibility" as it faces questions about liability for wildfire damage.

"There was times we were laying on the ground pouring the water on ourselves so we didn't burn", Weldon, 62, said.

The previous record was 29 deaths caused by the 1933 Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles and 25 in the Oakland Hills fire in 1991. "Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that the dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they're going to intensify", Brown said.

Her next-door neighbors opened the back gate so her three dogs could escape before they fled the flames and the dogs were picked up several days later waiting patiently in the charred remains of their home, she said.

Frustrated residents lashed out at public officials in Woodland Hills, demanding to know when they could return home or why they weren't told to evacuate sooner.

That number includes more than 7,600 homes, Cal Fire said.

"We're finding remains in various states", he told reporters.

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

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