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Massive wildfires rage in California

By Veronica Rocha, Jessie Yeung, Brian Ries and Eric Levenson, CNN
Updated 23 min ago3:33 p.m. ET, November 12, 2018
23 min ago

The mayor of Paradise is living in a motor home after her home was destroyed in the Camp Fire

Paradise Mayor Jody Jones lost her home when the Camp Fire swept through her town last week.

Jones was running an errand when the fire broke out.

"It took a long time to get out, and there was fire on both sides of the car. You could feel the heat coming in through the car. You could see the telephone poles burning and trees and structures and flames 30 feet in the air. It was scary."

Jones is now living in her motor home.

"That is fine for now. We have a bed and we have a roof. We're good, but that's not good for the long term. So yes, we've started looking for a more permanent place to live," she said.

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56 min ago

370 structures destroyed in Woolsey Fire

From CNN's Stella Chan

The remains of a fire-damaged home are seen off Kanan Dume Road, a canyon road which cuts across the mountains to Malibu, California, on Nov. 11, 2018, as the battle to control the Woolsey Fire continues.

At least 370 structures were destroyed in the massive Woolsey Fire, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said Monday.

“I’d like to emphasize the estimated 57,000 structures are still here,” he said. 

Asked about President Trump’s tweet blaming "gross mismanagement" for the devastating wildfires, Osby said he doesn't want to "politicize our efforts right now."

"I can just tell you that we are in extreme climate change right now. We don’t control the climate, we’re doing all we can to prevent incidents and mitigate incidents and save lives," the fire chief said.

"I personally find that statement unsatisfactory and it’s very hurtful for all first responders who are putting their lives on the line to protect lives and property." 
1 hr 32 min ago

2 small fires erupt in Southern California

From CNN's Stella Chan

As firefighters continued to tackle the Woolsey Fire, two small fires broke out Monday in Southern California.

The first blaze, Lynn Fire, scorched 15 acres near the 101 Freeway and threatened structures, according to Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. Firefighters were expected to contain the fire shortly, he said. 

A second blaze, the Rocky Peak Fire, broke out around 10:05 a.m. ET near the 118 Freeway. The fire burned 20 acres.

 

2 hr 40 min ago

Camp Fire survivor: "I'll have nightmares for the rest of my life"

Susan Miller and her daughter, Amber Toney, recorded a video of their harrowing escape as flames from the destructive Camp Fire tore through the town of Paradise.

"I'll have nightmares for the rest of my life," Miller, 59, told CNN. "This was a bucket list I never wanted."

They feared their car windows would shatter and the tires would melt from the intense heat. The mother and daughter barely made it out of the inferno.

Now the family is reeling from the loss of their home and beloved community.

"How can God take a town away that's called Paradise," Toney said.

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3 hr 21 min ago

The devastating fires, in photos

CNN's photo team has been collecting the most compelling photos of the fires tearing through California. Take a look:

A plane drops fire retardant on a burning hillside on November 11 in Malibu.

Evacuee Brian Etter and his dog Tone, who walked on foot to escape the Camp Fire, rest in the parking lot of Neighborhood Church of Chico on November 11 in Chico, California.

A woman runs as firefighters work to control a flareup due to flying embers from the Woolsey Fire on Saturday in Calabasas.

Yuba and Butte County sheriff deputies carry a body bag with a victim of the Camp Fire on Saturday in Paradise.

The Camp Fire burns in the hills Saturday near Big Bend.

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3 hr 42 min ago

Trump praises California firefighters after backlash over tweets

President Trump is tweeting again about the California wildfires, and thanking the "very brave" firefighters.

Here's what he tweeted Monday:

Why this matters: The President's latest message comes days after his tweet blaming "gross mismanagement" for the devastating wildfires sparked backlash from top firefighters' associations, politicians and celebrities.

In a series of tweets Saturday, Trump said the state's deadly wildfires are a result of poor forest management and threatened to cut federal aid.

Trump's first tweet drew the ire of the leaders of firefighters' organizations, who accused the President of bringing politics into a devastating disaster.

The president of the California Professional Firefighters said the message is an attack on some of the people fighting the devastating fires.

"The President's message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines," Brian K. Rice said.

4 hr 8 min ago

Malibu's mayor was on front line of the firefight

Malibu Mayor Rick Mullen has been in the thick of the firefight since Thursday.

As the Woolsey Fire swept through parts of Malibu, Mullen, an 18-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, worked alongside fellow firefighters to tackle the flames.

The initial firefight, he said, was intense.

"It's calmer now all over than it was when the fire came through," he told CNN on Monday. "So everyone is getting a little bit of a breather, but still a lot of people have been on the job for quite a while."

Mullen described the Woolsey Fire as the largest fire he had ever seen in his life.

"There are people who are going to feel very relieved that their house made it and people who are devastated that their house didn't make it. We're all going to come together because Malibu is a team, and team Malibu will ride again," he said.

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4 hr 32 min ago

6 of the 10 most destructive fires in California history have occurred since 2015

From CNN's Brandon Miller

Here are some of the latest statistics from the California fires:

In the last four days, more than 200,000 acres (or more than 310 square miles) have burned in California. That is slightly larger than all 5 boroughs of New York City.

Here are some of the latest statistics from the California fires:

  • The Camp Fire has destroyed more than 6,700 structures, making it the most destructive fire in California history.
  • Six of the top 10 most destructive fires have occurred since 2015. The records go back around 100 years.
  • There are 29 confirmed fatalities in the Camp Fire, tying the Griffith Park fire in October of 1933 as the deadliest wildfire in California history. With a large number still unaccounted for, this number will likely rise.
  • Over 800,000 acres, or 1,250 square miles, have burned this year in the state, according to Cal Fire statistics. That's about four times the average for this point in the year.

A bag containing human remains lies on the ground as officials continue to search at a burned out home at the Camp Fire, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Paradise, Calif.

4 hr 44 min ago

California's most destructive fire grows overnight

From CNN's Amanda Watts

A Butte County sheriff deputy searches the property of a destroyed home for a reported Camp Fire victim on Nov. 10, 2018 in Paradise, California.

Firefighters continue to tackle the destructive Camp Fire in Butte County, which has scorched 113,000 acres, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The blaze, which is 25% contained, has destroyed 6,453 homes and 260 commercial buildings  

At least 29 people were killed in the blaze. If the death toll gets any worse, it will be the deadliest wildfire in California history.