California wildfire death toll rises to 42, 228 people missing
The death toll in Northern California town of Paradise reached 42, making it the deadliest and most destructive fire outbreak in the history of the western U.S. state.
The inferno has displaced over 50,000 people and has destroyed a total of 7,177 buildings. The blaze spread to 183 sq miles on Nov. 12 and was only 30 percent contained.
To make the matter worse, other fires stoked by strong winds continued to rage through thousands of acres of forests farther North and South. The blazes have already incinerated a town in Sierra Nevada and evicted tens of thousands of people in West of Los Angeles.
The fires displaced nearly 150,000 people all over the state and over 8,000 fire crews are deployed to fight the blazes and keep residents safe. As many as 228 people were unaccounted for in the town of Paradise.
On the evening of Nov. 11, some neighborhoods permitted the displaced population back, and Los Angeles’s US 101 highway west was reopened. However, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby stated that residents in the vicinity of the blaze’s path are required to evacuate as early as possible and remain on high alert.
Fire officials have warned about the dry conditions and high winds that pose a huge risk to more areas for the rest part of the week. Starting early this week, San Diego is under severe weather watch.
As per Cal Fire spokesman Steve Kaufman, nearly 1,300 people have found refuge at evacuation shelters around Paradise.
- November 16, 2018