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Authorities search for missing in wind-whipped California wildfires

A Halloween decoration remains at a burned home after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018.

In southern California, the Woolsey Fire has burned more than 91,000 acres (36,826 hectares) and was 20 percent contained, with 370 structures destroyed, officials said on Monday, November 12.  

Crews begin removing abandoned vehicles from the streets after the Camp fire tore through the area in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018.  (AFP)

The fire had forced authorities to issue evacuation orders for a quarter million people in Ventura and Los Angeles counties and beachside communities including the Malibu beach colony, home to many celebrities.

Alameda County Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains at a burned residence in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018. (AFP)

At least two people have died in the Woolsey Fire, which is 20 miles (32 km) long and 14 miles (22 km) wide, threatening 57,000 structures, officials said.

A firefighter is silhouetted by a burning home along Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) during the Woolsey Fire on November 9, 2018 in Malibu, California.

"These are extreme conditions. If there's a fire in your neighborhood, don't wait for an evacuation order, leave," Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby told a news conference.

A helicopter passes by the sun as it makes a water drop in the Feather River Canyon, east of Paradise, California on November 11, 2018.

Many of those allowed to return were left without power or cellphone service, even if their homes were spared by the flames.

Burnt out vehicles are seen on the side of the road in Paradise, California after the Camp fire tore through the area on November 10, 2018.

The raging blaze in northern California known as the Camp Fire, the state's most destructive on record, had left at least 228 people missing as of early Monday, according to Kory Honea, sheriff of Butte County, site of the fire. That fire and one in southern California called the Woolsey Fire have killed at least 31 people.

Firefighters water down trees and bushes near homes on Bell Canyon Road in West Hills, near Malibu, California on November 11, 2018, as the battle to control the Woolsey Fire continues.

 


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