Wildfires deadliest on record in California
November 12, 2018 - The death toll from wildfires raging in California has risen to 31, with more than 200 people still unaccounted for.
The Camp Fire that ravaged a swath of Northern California is the deadliest. With 29 deaths to date, the blaze is California’s joint highest on record for a single blaze, equalling 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles. It is also the most destructive fire, with some 44,000 hectares burned.
More than 8,000 firefighters in all are battling three large wildfires burning across nearly 1,040 square kilometers in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews arriving.
Two people have been found dead in Southern California , where flames have tired through Malibu mansions and working-class Los Angeles suburbs.
Flames have also besieged Thousand Oaks, the Southern California city in mourning over the massacre of 12 people in a shooting rampage at a country music bar Wednesday night.
An estimated 250,000 people have been forced to flee
Drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change, and the building of homes deeper into forests have led to longer and more destructive wildfire seasons in California. While California officially emerged from a five-year drought last year, much of the northern two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry.