Sniffer dogs join grim search for victims of deadly California fires

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 14, 2018

The Camp Fire has destroyed the town of Paradise completely and has killed at least 42 people.

The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has killed two people and destroyed many homes - including those of celebrities in the Malibu area such as Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young.

The region remains under both a "critical" and "extreme" risk Tuesday with winds of up to 60 miles per hour and gusts of more than 70 miles per hour possible, according to CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri.

Paradise, which is home to many elderly retirees and has experienced an unusually dry fall, was virtually razed to the ground by the fast-moving "Camp Fire" blaze.

The death toll - 29 - ties the Camp Fire with the deadliest in state history, the 1933 Griffith Park wildfire in Los Angeles.

"I love my place", he said. I know we do not know each other, but I love you.

With gusty winds overnight challenging firefighters further, many are left with an agonising wait to see whether their home withstands the flames.

Countless homes and businesses have been destroyed and at least 44 people have died in the fires that broke out last week, despite the tireless efforts of thousands of firefighters across the state.

A helicopter makes a water drop on the Woolsey Fire near Malibu, California.

Before and after images across the community show the extent of its destruction.

President Trump has approved an expedited request for a disaster declaration for the California fires, saying he wanted "to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on".

While the Hill Fire is 90 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, the Woolsey Fire is only 35 percent contained, and the Camp Fire 30 percent contained.

"If my dad hadn't have come home from work when he did, I probably wouldn't have gotten out of there, because I wouldn't have known", Bush said.

But after several days with no information on their whereabouts, she said the family is starting to prepare for the worst.

Gaga thanked the firefighters who were working tirelessly to keep the fires at bay.

"We had to drive toward the smoke and fire to get away", she said. A lot of people lost everything and will have to rebuild from scratch.

Authorities are employing 10 DNA lab trucks to identify victims, as well as two teams of anthropologists from California State University, Chico to help in cases where only bone fragments were found.

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