Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Scientists: Wind, Drought Worsen Fires, Not Bad Management

Stacy Diaz | 13 November, 2018, 10:15

The Oregon Department of Forestry said Monday that two teams with equipment and personnel were sent from eastern and southern Oregon at the request of California fire officials. "It's something I absolutely had to do", Hughes said.

The fires have spread with an erratic intensity that has strained resources and kept firefighters struggling to keep up with the flames while catching many residents by surprise.

Firefighters made modest overnight gains against the blaze, which grew slightly to 440 square kilometres from the day before but was 25 per cent contained, up from 20 per cent, according to the state fire agency, Cal Fire.

"Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives", he wrote.

In addition to the historic loss of life, the Camp Fire blaze is also more destructive than any other on record, having razed 6,500 homes in the town of Paradise, effectively wiping it off the map.

"It's been a really rough week in our home in Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and our neighbours in Thousand Oaks and Malibu", Kardashian-West said.

Neil Young, Robin Thicke, Gerard Butler and Miley Cyrus are among those whose houses were ravaged by the Woolsey fire raging north of Los Angeles in Southern California, according to the entertainers' respective online posts.

This toppled the previous record for destructiveness, set just a year ago by the Tubbs Fire, which also took 22 lives.

As of Sunday night, CalFire officials estimated the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles, in the southern part of the state, had burned more than 85,000 acres, destroyed 117 structures and was at 15 percent containment.

Unfavorable conditions are expected to persist into Monday, threatening new flare-ups that could reach beyond containment lines, Osby said.

They also told people in mandatory evacuation zones that if they hadn't left yet, they needed to. While California officially emerged from a five-year drought last year, much of the northern two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry. That leaves a lot of dry vegetation to feed fires. "We. have more and more people moving, literally building homes, in the line of fire", says Balch.

In an statement, HBO, who produce "Westworld" said: "Westworld is not now in production, and as the area has been evacuated, we do not yet know the extent of the damage to any structures remaining there".

Butler focused the camera on the charred frame of his former home, surrounded by ash and the blackened shell of a truck.

On Sunday, officials confirmed that two deaths in Malibu were related to the Woolsey Fire, bringing the statewide death toll to 31. The practical challenge, Honea said, is finding the rest of the remains.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said: "We are doing everything we possibly can to identify those remains and make contact with the next of kin so we can return the remains to the family".

"I want to recover as many remains as we possibly can, as soon as we can". Some drivers abandoned their vehicles in the chaos and attempted to escape on foot.