Fierce winds fan California wildfires, more than 200 missing

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The Camp Fire, 40 miles (60 km) north of Sacramento, burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in the town of Paradise, more structures than any other wildfire recorded in California.

The blaze is similar in size to the Camp Fire but has been much less destructive, and the death toll has been limited to two victims found in a vehicle on a private driveway. This grim statistic surpasses the 29 Los Angelenos killed by the Griffith Park Fire in 1933. Ten of the bodies were found in the town of Paradise while four were discovered in the Concow area, both in Butte County.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said that 228 people are still unaccounted for; many of them are probably in shelters, and authorities are working to resolve those cases, he said. The agency was also bringing in a mobile DNA lab and encouraged people with missing relatives to submit samples to aid in the identification process.

Southern California Edison said 9,500 of its customers were without power owing to the Woolsey Fire in Southern California. Evacuation orders have been issued to more than a quarter of a million people across California, with authorities urging residents not to ignore warnings to flee. Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler, and Neil Young are among those whose houses in the Malibu area were destroyed by the Woolsey fire.

The probe targets PG&E in northern California and Southern California Edison Company, the Bay Area News Group reported. "I know that members of the community who are missing loved ones are anxious, and I know that the news of us recovering bodies has to be disconcerting". Together, they were blamed for 44 deaths, including two in celebrity-studded Malibu in Southern California, where firefighters appeared to be gaining ground against a roughly 143-square-mile (370-square-kilometer) blaze that destroyed at least 370 structures, with hundreds more feared lost.

Numerous missing are from Butte County, where the most destructive fire in state history is burning. "Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating". Along with many other celebrities, Young's Malibu home was lost to the blaze.

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Brown asked Trump on Sunday to declare the fires a major disaster, a move that would allow more federal resources to flow to California to help with relief and recovery.

The cause remained under investigation, Cal Fire said.

Around Malibu, more than 3000 firefighters from around California and neighbouring USA states worked with aircraft, including 19 helicopters and three DC-10 tanker plane, to save lives and billions of dollars of property.

On how long it might take to get these fires under control: A lot depends on the winds tonight, which they say are going to pick up, these Santa Ana, very dry powerful winds.

Wildfires aren't uncommon in California, so when they began, most people thought they might burn up a few square kilometres of land and then die out, Edwards said. The singer said on Instagram that he, his girlfriend and his two kids are "safe and surrounded by friends and family" and were thankful to firefighters.

The fire had scorched more than 113,000 acres and was 25 percent contained, officials said on Monday.

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