At least thirty people perished in the fires that ravage tens of thousands of acres in California, with a fire equaling the balance sheet of the deadliest in the State in the u.s. occurred in 1933 with the deaths of 29 people. “Today, the remains of six people were discovered, bringing the balance current total of dead at 29 “, has said at a press conference the sheriff of the county of Butte, Kory Honea, in speaking of the fire baptized ” Camp Fire “, in the north of the State, at the foot of the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
This balance sheet reaches that of 1933, caused by the ” Griffith Park Fire “, which had also been 29 victims, but in the county of Los Angeles, according to the agency of fire california Cal Fire. A journalist of the Agence France-Presse has seen, Sunday, rescuers discovered two bodies near Paradise, in the North. In the southern part of the State, around THE and Malibu, the fire, “Woolsey Fire” has made to his hand, two dead, found in a vehicle on a private lane. More than 250,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in a wide region near Sacramento, the capital of this western State of the United States, and in the famous beach resort of Malibu.
“Do not stay in you”
The firefighters that are fighting the “Woolsey Fire “” prepare for the return of the dangerous Santa Ana winds [winds are hot and dry coming from the inside of the land, NLLR] which could extend the flames “, according to a press release of the authorities. “Today we have more than 8,000 firefighters federal, State and local, on the front lines “, said in a press conference a head of CalFire, Scott Jalbert. “Unfortunately, with these winds, it is not finished. So, please, be careful “, he added. Powered by winds, the ” Camp Fire “, which started Thursday, has become the most destructive ever recorded in California, with more than 6,700 buildings – including a hospital and homes – destroyed Paradise, a city of 27,000 people north of Sacramento.
The fire has, for the moment, consumed over 40 000 hectares and is mastered at 25 %, according to Cal Fire. The authorities consider that it will take three weeks to have full control over the flames in this area. The cause of the fire has not been identified. According to the newspaper Sacramento Bee, the local officials of the electric grid have indicated to the authorities in california that a failure had occurred near the place where it started. The authorities have warned that the spread of the fires was more rapid than in the past. “There are 10 or 20 years, you stay in your homes when there was a fire and you were able to protect them “, told the press the fire chief of Ventura county, Mark Lawrenson.
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” But things are not what they were. The rate of propagation is exponentially higher than what it was. I beg you, heed evacuation orders. Don’t stay home “, he launched. “This is not a new normal, this is a new abnormality. And this new abnormality that will continue, probably in the 10 to 15 or 20 years, ” said the governor of California, Jerry Brown, at a press conference Sunday. “Unfortunately, the best science tells us that the drought, the heat, all these things will increase “, he added, in reference to the reasons leading to the fire.
Donald Trump controversy
The president, Donald Trump, on a trip to France for the ceremonies of the centenary of the armistice of the First world War, has attracted criticism after offending Saturday on Twitter the management of forests, “so bad” and threatened to cut off federal funds if it had not been improved. This tweet is “ill-informed, inappropriate, and humiliating for all those who suffer as well as for men and women on the front line,” said Brian Rice, head of the firefighters union in california, calling it “dangerously false” the assertion referring to a bad management of the forests.
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
Donald Trump has then shown more empathy, tweeting : “Our hearts are with those who fight the fires” as well as with the evacuees and the families of the victims. But Sunday, he again tweeted : “With the proper management of the forest, we can stop the devastation that constantly strikes California. Be smart ! “In Southern California, other fires raged, the main to the north of Los Angeles and another in Ventura county near Thousand Oaks, where a former military opened fire on Wednesday evening in a bar in the city, killing twelve people before committing suicide.
More than 4,000 are fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires in California that have burned over 170,000 acres. Our hearts are with those fighting the fires, the 52,000 who have evacuated, and the families of the 11 who have died. The destruction is catastrophic. God Bless them all.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
Some 200,000 people, of which all the inhabitants of Malibu, near Los Angeles, where many celebrities, have been ordered to evacuate. Since Thursday afternoon, “Woolsey” has devoured more than 30,000 hectares and destroyed at least 177 buildings and was cured to 10 % on Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire. The fire has also destroyed filming locations used pr to hundreds of productions, including the HBO series Westworld. California has been hit since the end of the year 2017 by many fires, the murderers, made particularly hard by drought and winds.