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California searches for 1,000 missing in its deadliest fire

California searches for 1,000 missing in its deadliest fireForensic recovery teams pressed their search for more victims in the flame-ravaged northern California town of Paradise on Friday as authorities sought clues to the fate of about 1,000 people reported missing in the state’s deadliest wildfire on record. Remains of at least 71 people have been recovered in and around a Sierra foothills hamlet that was home to nearly 27,000 residents before the town, 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, was largely incinerated by the deadly Camp Fire on the night of Nov. 8.



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Tally of missing in California's deadliest blaze surpasses 600

Tally of missing in California's deadliest blaze surpasses 600A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. At least 63 people have been confirmed dead in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century. Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fueled by desiccated scrub and trees, raced with little warning through Paradise, a town of 27,000.



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'Progress is being made' against California's deadliest wildfire

'Progress is being made' against California's deadliest wildfireThe confirmed death toll from the Camp Fire stood at 48 as the footprint of the fire grew by 5,000 acres to 135,000 acres(55,000 hectares), even as diminished winds and rising humidity allowed firefighters to carve containment lines around more than a third of the perimeter. “Progress is being made,” said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) at a news conference flanked by Governor Jerry Brown, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other officials. The escalating search for additional human remains in the fire zone is focused on what little is left of Paradise, California, in the Sierra foothills about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, which was mostly incinerated last Thursday.



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The California Fire That Killed 48 People Is the Deadliest U.S. Wildfire in a Century

The California Fire That Killed 48 People Is the Deadliest U.S. Wildfire in a Century"California has always burned and its always going to burn whether there are people there or not," Sowers said. "We've got a combination of drought that makes it so much worse and high populations of people moving into those foothills creating a perfect storm, it's an awful situation."



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'Progress is being made' against California's deadliest wildfire

'Progress is being made' against California's deadliest wildfireFire crews in northern California seized on improved weather conditions on Wednesday in their six-day-old battle to suppress the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history as National Guard troops were called in to help search for victims. The confirmed death toll from the Camp Fire stood at 48 as the footprint of the fire grew by 5,000 acres to 135,000 acres(55,000 hectares), even as diminished winds and rising humidity allowed firefighters to carve containment lines around more than a third of the perimeter. “Progress is being made,” said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) at a news conference flanked by Governor Jerry Brown, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other officials.



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Death Toll Rises To 56 In Northern California Camp Fire, Deadliest In State History

Death Toll Rises To 56 In Northern California Camp Fire, Deadliest In State HistoryAt least 56 people have been killed in the devastating Camp fire in Northern



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Death Toll Mounts To 48 In Northern California Fire, Deadliest In State History

Death Toll Mounts To 48 In Northern California Fire, Deadliest In State HistoryThe death toll in Northern California's Camp fire climbed higher on Tuesday as



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Yahoo News Explains: The deadliest wildfires in California history

Yahoo News Explains: The deadliest wildfires in California historyAt least 44 people have died from the raging wildfires consuming parts of California, making them the deadliest fire disaster in the state’s history. State officials say a prolonged drought created a “recipe for destruction,” especially for the town of Paradise, north of Sacramento. Fires have already burned over 110,000 acres and destroyed thousands of homes, including those owned by celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Gerard Butler.



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Camp Fire is deadliest in California history, and numbers may grow

Camp Fire is deadliest in California history, and numbers may growAfter 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.  At a multi-agency press conference Monday night, the Butte Country Sheriff's Office announced that 42 have been confirmed dead. This grim statistic surpasses the 29 Los Angelenos killed by the Griffith Park Fire in 1933. While it's unclear just how many individuals are still missing, officials said they've located 231 previously missing persons, who are now safe, and have received 1514 requests to check on or locate people. But, that large number may include multiple requests for the same person. After sparking on November 8, the newly-born blaze raced with rapid, potentially unprecedented speed toward the forested community of 26,000. In just 24 hours, the Camp Fire burned 70,000 acres of exceptionally dried-out vegetation.  "That blows your mind," Brenda Belongie, lead meteorologist of the U.S. Forest Service's Predictive Services in Northern California, said on Friday. These abandoned and burned out cars shows you what a panic it must have been for residents trying to escape the Camp Fire. Unreal scenes in Paradise, CA, this morning. #CampFire pic.twitter.com/AhBuWzS0Tx — Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) November 9, 2018 The wildfire isn't just the deadliest blaze in California history. It's also the most destructive. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire, reports that 6,453 single residences have been destroyed, while 260 commercial structures went down in flames.  This toppled the previous record for destructiveness, set just last year by the Tubbs Fire, which also took 22 lives.  SEE ALSO: The EPA completely axed its climate change websites. But why are NASA's still live? Now, seven of the top 10 most destructive wildfires in state history have occurred since the year 2000, and nine of the top 10 largest in recorded state history have occurred over the same period.  The reality that the Golden State's fires are burning more land, destroying more homes, and inevitably killing Californians is consistent with a region that's growing hotter, and dryer.  Larger wildfires — though also strongly influenced by weather and human manipulation of the land — are a well-understood consequence of climate change.  This is particularly the case in California, which has experienced larger, more destructive wildfires in the last two decades as the region becomes both hotter and drier. In particular, conditions over large swaths of the state, notably forested Northern California, are seeing seasonal records or near-records for dryness.    This year, like 2017, California has had an unusually hot & dry fire season. Most of the largest and most destructive wildfires in CA history have happened under such conditions. Climate change is making this situation worse.#CaliforniaFires #ClimateChange pic.twitter.com/88bYtrigIL — Robert Rohde (@RARohde) November 12, 2018 Now enter the Camp Fire.  Like many climate change implications, scientists aren't arguing that climate change itself causes
wildfires, hurricanes, or drought. These events happen regardless.  But climate change often makes these events more extreme.  And in the case of the Camp Fire, the inferno capitalized upon land that wasn't just dried out and then whipped over the forest by seasonal winds: California has had little-to-no rain this autumn, and experienced record heat this summer.  The land is tinder, waiting to burn.  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?



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The Camp Fire Is Now The Deadliest Wildfire In California's History

The Camp Fire Is Now The Deadliest Wildfire In California's HistoryThe wildfire raging in Northern California is now the deadliest in state



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