The death toll equals the death toll from the 1933 Griffith Fire in Los Angeles as the worst mass-casualty wildland fire ever in the state. Camp Fire is expanding in the north of the state. 4,000-plus firefighters are in the area. Emergency teams have been sifting through the remains of more than 6,700 homes and businesses burned down in the town of Paradise. The search is complicated by debris, including rows of burned vehicles, left abandoned on roads. The fire burned so hot that there may be no human remains left, or just pieces of bone.The fire is the most destructive in the state’s history and the joint deadliest.
On Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown requested a presidential major disaster declaration to bolster the ongoing emergency response and help residents recover from the fires in Los Angeles and Ventura as well as Butte counties. In the south, the Woolsey Fire threatens beach resorts including Malibu. Luxury homes in Malibu and other beach communities are among properties that have fallen victim to the flames. Actor Gerard Butler returned to his Malibu residence Sunday and posted a devastating photo showing it in ruins. Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian West, among others, were evacuated. An estimated 250,000 people in California have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.