California Wildfires: Death Toll Rises to 31, Hundreds of People Still Missing


The latest incident report from the California Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire) indicated that the Camp Fire already incinerated 113,000 acres and destroyed 6,453 single residences and 22 commercial properties. More than 15,000 structures are still at risk as the wildfire is only 25 percent contained.

According to Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, most of the town’s residential area is gone. She estimated that 90 percent of their town is obliterated and almost all the people she knows lost their homes.

Southern California Woolsey Fire Update

Separately, the Woosley Fire in Southern California already burnt 91,572 acres and destroyed around 370 structures. Around 370,000 structures remain under threat, according to CAL Fire.

The luxury homes in Malibu and other beach communities were among those scorched by the wildfire. Among the celebrities whose homes were destroyed by the Woolsey Fire include Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus, Neil Young, and Robin Thicke.

Butler tweeted a photo of his burnt home in Malibu and encouraged everyone to support the state’s firefighters.

On the other hand, Cyrus said she was “completely devastated by the fires” affecting her community. She added that her house is gone but the “memories shared with family and friends stand strong.”

Wildfires are the “new abnormal” in California

Meanwhile, Governor Jerry Brown requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to boost the ongoing emergency response and help residents recover from the deadly and destructive wildfires.