42 dead in California wildfires

At Least 42 Dead in California Wildfires

Sadly, an additional 13 bodies have been recovered in California, which now means that the US states deadliest wildfire has now claimed a total of 42 lives, with these remains found mostly within the ruins of the town paradise, which is in northern California. This isn’t all though, as there are at least 228 people that are accounted as missing, with the fire having destroyed nearly 7200 structures with another 15500 being at risk of being destroyed by the Wildfires.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday evening, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed the number of dead, and the official number of missing, with the death count of 42 making it the states deadliest wildfire, with is surpassing the Griffith Park disaster, the previously deadliest wildfire that claimed 31 lives in 1933.

More than 300,000 Californian locals have been forced to flee their homes across California, with other wildfires such as the Woolsey fire to worry about also, which has damaged and ruined multiple beach resorts including Malibu, and taking the lives of at least 2 people so far.

For all the people affected, federal aid has been made available, with President Donald Trump declaring the wildfires a “major disaster”…

How Did People Die?

The town of Paradise as well as the areas surrounding the camp itself bore the brunt of the Camp Fire – the largest blaze – which started in nearby the forest on Thursday, with bodies being found within guttered cars that were overrun by the forest fire, as residents attempted to flee the fires overnight.

“I had to drive through the fire – it was awful. It was probably the most awful experience I will have in my life… It was traumatising, we will be traumatised for a long time. My whole community was traumatised – I can’t watch the videos anymore because I actually went through it.” – Sorrell Bobrink, a Paradise resident who was lucky enough to be able to escape the wildfires with her child.

The main victims who were not able to escape are believed to be individuals with mobility issues or elderly residents, who would find evacuating from the wildfires a lot more difficult.

Finding The Bodies

Efforts by forensic experts are being made to try to find more bodies within the areas afflicted with the wildfire, with cadaver dogs from the local police being employed along with mobile army morgues to aid in the finding and identifying of the people killed by this wildfire.  The fire itself has currently burned more than 111,000 acres (45,000 hectares) and is nearly 25% contained, fire officials said.

How Will The South Be affected?

BBC News image showing the wildfires further south in California, with the Woosley Blaze being of note, the fire has consumed at least 85,500 acres and destroyed at least 177 buildings, officials said. It is only 10% contained. The smaller Hill Fire, nearby, has scorched 4,530 acres and is 75% contained.

BBC News image showing the wildfires further south in California, with the Woosley Blaze being of note, the fire has consumed at least 85,500 acres and destroyed at least 177 buildings, officials said. It is only 10% contained. The smaller Hill Fire, nearby, has scorched 4,530 acres and is 75% contained.

Overall, these wildfires are bad news, and we are all just hoping that they die down soon, else we see more death and destruction from the wildfires.

Thousands Evacuated – Lake Elsinore Threatened by Wildfires

The holy fire, as dubbed by locals, is aggressively spreading, and more than 21,000 people have been evacuated from the fire for their own safety as over 19000 acres of forest, north of San Diego has been destroyed by this force of nature.

What is both interesting and very worrying though, is that this wildfire, which is one of the largest in California’s history, was actually man made…

The Fire-starter: Forrest Clark, a 51 year old male suspected of starting the fire after a decade old dispute with his neighbours.

The Fire-starter: Forrest Clark, a 51 year old male suspected of starting the fire after a decade old dispute with his neighbours.

The man, a 51 year old called Forrest Clark is strongly suspected of starting the wildfire over a dispute with his neighbours, with Orange County officials saying that Forrest had emailed the local fire chief (who himself was a volunteer) threatening that “this place will burn”, Forrest Clark was arrested on Tuesday outside his cabin home and is now in court for the charges of arson and a bail of 1 Million USD.

The fire shows no signs of stopping, and could in fact only get worse with the reported weather, with the gusty winds, dry plants and high temperature being the perfect conditions for a fire to spread, and fast. The fire is actually so large scale, that neighbouring states are now having the quality of their air lowered by the constant smoke bellowing from these wildfires.

18 wildfires, 600 fire fighters and 290,692 acres of land that has been burned in the Mendocino Complex Fire, with firefighters struggling to keep control of the fire and the fire chiefs expecting these wildfires to rage and burn for the rest of the month.

The fire is such a large scale problem, that even a bolstered fire team consisting of US Army Personnel, fire crews from other countries and even low risk criminal offenders are all having to help, just to keep the fire in control.

This holy fire, the machination of one, very angry, vicious and spiteful man, has put an entire state on its heels, unified all types of communities, and set a whole state ablaze, all for what? A decade old dispute with his neighbours… About what? We do not know…

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