Paradise lost: Grim search under way in incinerated California town

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After transforming the once tranquil town of Paradise, California into charred automobiles and tales of horror, the Camp Fire takes its infamous spot as the deadliest wildfire in California history. "As a matter of fact, this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this". More than 180 structures in the Southern California area have been destroyed, and among them is Gerard Butler's home.

This toppled the previous record for destructiveness, set just a year ago by the Tubbs Fire, which also took 22 lives. About 225 people were missing as of Sunday night.

The remains of some of the Camp Fire victims were found in burned-out vehicles that were overrun by walls of fire as evacuees tried to flee by auto in panic, only to be trapped in deadly knots of traffic gridlock on Thursday night.

Some 228 people remain unaccounted for in the Camp fire, county Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea told reporters Sunday evening.

What's going on: At least 31 people have died from the blazes, with 200 people still missing, BBC News reports. Anyone who locates someone who is missing is also encouraged to call the center.

Human carelessness has also contributed to increased fire activity in the West, says Balch, noting that 84 percent of wildfires in the U.S.in the past two decades have been started by people.

At the southern end of the state, another three firefighters have been injured battling the Woolsey Fire, which has devoured mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal celebrity resort of Malibu.

While many conservatives advocate cutting down more trees to prevent fires, no one makes money by cutting dead shrubs, and that's a problem, he said.

"We drove out of the clouds into the sunshine and could see flames on ridge, consuming everything it was touching", Joanna Garcia, who fled the fire, told NBC News. "Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters".

Two people were also found dead in a wildfire in southern California, where flames tore through Malibu mansions and working-class Los Angeles suburbs alike.

He posted a photograph of the remains on the internet, writing: "Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating".

"Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters", he said. More than 3,000 people were fighting the flames, which spread north of Agoura Hills. But it's far from the main ingredient in California's fire problem, and it's nothing at all to do with either the current Camp Fire, or the massive Tubbs Fire that scorched Napa and the wine country previous year, according to experts.

The Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire broke out on Thursday in California.

The Woolsey Fire is threatening about 75,000 homes in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles.

California governor Jerry Brown is urging President Donald Trump to declare the situation as a major disaster in order to secure emergency funding.

"This is truly a tragedy that all Californians can understand and respond to", Mr Brown said. Given that science, climate group 350.org said the fires were just another indication of the dire need to switch to green energy sources.

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