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The Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu California

The Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu California

They were backed up by helicopters and water tankers.

A one-day lull in the dry, northeasterly winds ended at midmorning and authorities warned that the gusts would continue through Tuesday.

Three major fires are now raging in California, with the Camp Fire hitting its north, and the Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire hitting its south.

"The rate of spread is exponentially more than it used to be", said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen, noting at a news conference that California's fires in 2018 grow far more quickly than they did even 10 years ago. The severely burned bodies were discovered in a long residential driveway in celebrity-studded Malibu, where those forced out of homes included Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Guillermo del Toro and Martin Sheen.

In Southern California, two deaths were reported from the Woolsey and Hill fires.

The death toll from the wildfire has hit 29, matching that of the deadliest to hit California, a local sheriff said on Sunday.

Of the nine confirmed fatalities, five were found inside cars that were overwhelmed by flames, three outside residences, and one inside a home, Authorities said investigators believed the driver became disoriented and the vehicle was overcome by fire.

More than 110 people have been reported missing in the area, but officials are confident many of them will be found safe elsewhere. The number of people killed in that fire alone, at least 23, made it the third-deadliest on record in the state. Officials said two firefighters and multiple residents were injured.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries, Osby said.

A member of the Malibu City Council was burned trying to save his home but was expected to recover. Jenner's representative noted that the Olympic gold medallist wouldn't know the extent of any damage to the home until she was allowed to return to it. Wagner runs Zuma Jay Surfboards, a longtime fixture on Pacific Coast Highway near the landmark Malibu Pier.

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As they spoke, a massive plume of smoke appeared to the south, toward Malibu, where dozens of homes had been lost in the Woolsey Fire.

Luxury homes in Malibu and other beach communities are among properties that have fallen victim to the flames.

Sol Bechtold drove from shelter to shelter looking for his mother, Joanne Caddy, a 75-year-old widow whose house burned down along with the rest of her neighbourhood in Magalia, just north of Paradise.

Roger Kelly, 69, who defied orders and hiked back into Seminole Springs, estimated 90 of its approximately 220 homes were destroyed.

"I just started weeping", he said.

Information on Camp Fire affecting Butte County can be found on The university said it was closing Malibu campus and its Calabasas campus to the north until November 26 but classes would be remotely administered online and through email.

Search teams scoured the carnage of California's most destructive ever wildfire for victims on Sunday.

Cal Fire officials said the cause was under investigation.

Southern California's wildfire has killed two and destroyed at least 177 homes. Brown said federal and state governments must do more forest management but that climate change is the greater source of the problem.

"This is a devastating thing, and it's happening to so many people", Breeding said.

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