California wildfire is now deadliest, most destructive in history

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A new fire erupted late Tuesday in the Fontana area of San Bernardino County but firefighters reported good progress overnight, holding the blaze to 147 acres (59 hectares). More than 5,000 personnel are fighting the blaze, which has destroyed more than 6,500 homes and 260 commercial buildings.

"This is a wind-driven event and the winds are coming back", Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Chief John Benedict said, warning residents not to shelter in place. "But now we know". "Because I know the toll it takes on loved ones".

"Despite its own recognition of these impending hazardous conditions, on the day of the Camp Fire's ignition, PG&E ultimately made the decision not to proceed with its plans for a power shutoff", the lawsuit says.

The town's mayor has estimated that 80-90% of the town's neighbourhoods were destroyed in the fire. As of Monday night, almost half of the evacuation centers in Chico, Oroville and nearby towns were at capacity.

The release of the names comes as a utility company is sued by victims over claims its power lines caused the fire. But it added that dry conditions and steep terrain will continue to pose a challenge.

"This is a great opportunity to go help someone else in need", Johnston said.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the devastation is so complete in some neighborhoods that "it's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there".

When asked if authorities had done enough to warn people to evacuate, Honea said they did their best, and that after this fire is fully dealt with there will be time to examine what lessons can be learned for the future.

Forecasts called for winds to pick up again Monday night in Butte County, though with less force than previous days, National Weather Service meteorologist Aviva Braun told reporters.

Full information about evacuations and road closures is listed on the Cal Fire pages for the Camp fire and the Woolsey fire.

Disney is donating $500,000 to help Golden State residents affected by the blazes and to support the more than 8,000 firefighters working to contain the flames, they said in a statement.

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The Griffith Park Fire was the deadliest wildfire in California history until 2018's Camp Fire.

The Camp Fire, fed by drought-desiccated scrub and fanned by strong winds, has capped a catastrophic California wildfire season that experts largely attribute to prolonged dry spells that are symptomatic of global climate change.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke canceled a trip to Asia and planned to visit the fire zones Wednesday and Thursday. The effort includes planes that scoop water from the ocean to drop on the flames - as a video posted to Twitter showed on Monday.

As for what caused the two deadly fires, that remains under investigation.

More than 200,000 people have been evacuated because of those two fires alone.

In its filing on Thursday with the state Public Utilities Commission, it said it had detected an outage on an electrical transmission line.

While the causes of the Camp and Woolsey fires have not been determined, state regulators are investigating two utility companies that reported incidents shortly before the two fires started.

PG&E customer Betsy Ann Cowley told the Daily Mail that she received an email from the power company on November 7, warning her that crews would need to come inspect power lines on her land because "they were having problems with sparks".

Of the dead, only four sets of remains have been positively identified by Butte County authorities.

Remains have been recovered from at least 42 people killed by a devastating wildfire that largely incinerated the town of Paradise in northern California, making it the deadliest in United States history, the Butte County sheriff said on Monday (Tuesday NZT).

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