Death toll from California wildfires rises to 31, over 220 missing

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Heartbreaking time across California. According to Reuters, death toll rose to 31.

Young explained that he has lost a home "before to a California wildfire, now another" while Doherty, who was out of town when the fire torched her neighborhood, wrote that her "heart is ripped apart" after losing the home where she married her husband in 2011.

"LA is a pretty great place but if fires are all we have to deal with, you know, we're lucky", "Rules of Engagement" actor Oliver Hudson told the AP at a charity event in Culver City. He said 228 people were still unaccounted for.

The sheer scale of destruction caused by wildfires in California has been revealed in satellite images released by Nasa.

People looking for friends or relatives called evacuation centres, hospitals, police and the coroner's office.

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

Meanwhile, a nurse has revealed how she thought she was going to die when her auto was engulfed in flames as she tried to drive to safety.

He ran across a few of his mother's neighbours, but no one had seen her. He said last night: 'I'm about to lose my house and its memories. "If you've been up there, you also know the magnitude of the scene we're dealing with".

Another added: "So sorry but so glad you're safe". (I'm holding back and not using the word liar just because it rhymes with denier.) It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. "She's a strong, smart woman". The blaze destroyed more than 6,700 buildings.

Gov. Jerry Brown said California is requesting aid from the Trump administration.

Celebrities and the firefighter union have hit out at US President Donald Trump for his tweet blaming "gross mismanagement" for the devastating California wildfires. But the state's governor said it's not over yet.

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All told, more than 8,000 firefighters battled three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometres) in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive and gusty, blowtorch winds making their return. About 111,000 acres of area has been burnt down in these fires and close to 300,000 people have been evacuated across the state.

The fire has destroyed at least 177 homes and other structures with a full count still underway, and has charred more than 83,000 acres as of late Saturday, officials said.

"Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff's department!"

But Cal Fire spokesman Bill Murphy warned that gusty winds predicted into Monday morning could spark "explosive fire behaviour". Despite earlier news reports, including by Reuters, that the fire had destroyed the home of Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender advocate and former athlete, her publicist said on Sunday that it had survived. It has been more than 210 days since the area received half an inch or more of rain, making it easy for spot fires to spread to fresh patches of tinder-dry vegetation, fire officials said on Sunday.

United States authorities say more than 8,000 firefighters are battling three large wildfires in California that have destroyed thousands of structures.

It is estimated that more than 180 homes have perished in the disaster, which threatens Calabasas, Malibu, Agoura, Topanga, Hidden Hills, and West Hills.

The fires occurred after years of drought and increasingly deadly and destructive fire seasons.

"We are not in the evacuation zone but I don't like it", said Smith in an Instagram story on Friday as he showed the fire visibly burning over the hills from outside his home.

Both were wearing heavy green jackets, jeans, boots and face masks around their necks. Nine people have lost their lives.

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