They said over the weekend that 177 buildings had burned amid predictions that the number would grow higher with new damage assessments. Firefighters have been able to bring the Hill Fire to 75 percent containment, while the Woolsey Fire was 15 percent contained Monday.
29 people were killed in the Camp Fire, many in the town of Paradise. It's now California's most destructive wildfire in terms of structures destroyed, and is one of the state's deadliest blazes ever. By Sunday morning, it had burned 83,000 acres with just 10 percent containment.
Almost 230 people were unaccounted for, by the sheriff's reckoning, four days after the fire swept over the town of 27,000 and practically wiped it off the map with flames so fierce they melted metal off cars.
In the Santa Monica mountains that ring Los Angeles, the 85,550-acre Woolsey Fire has forced the temporary displacement of over 250,000 people as the cities of Thousand Oaks and Malibu and surrounding mountain communities were evacuated in advance of the fast-moving blaze.
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"Winds are already blowing", Chief Daryl Osby of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Sunday.
Both fires have been whipped up by hot dry winds.
Cowley said she was on vacation last Wednesday when she got a surprise email from PG&E. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross management of the forests.
The new figures released Monday evening come as a wildfire continues to burn its way through scenic but drought-stricken canyonlands in and around Malibu, where celebrity homes have burned along with modest mobile homes.
Its death toll of 29 now equals that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California. However, in cases in which missing people are not found alive, he said relatives may be asked to provide a DNA sample to help authorities identify the remains.
On Monday, after driving a winding road across charred slopes and past smoldering ruins of other houses in Decker Canyon, Rasmussen wrapped Berkeley in a bear hug of thanks after finding their two houses still standing untouched by fire. Fire officials are warning that whipping winds and tinder-dry conditions threaten more areas through the rest of the week.
Jerry Brown said, as he declared a state of emergency and requested aid from the Trump administration. Trump, a Republican who has often criticized Democrat-led California on a variety of issues including immigration enforcement, blamed poor forest management by the state for the infernos.