Rain breaks, easing search for remains of California wildfire

11 November, 2018 9:01 am 9:01 am

CALIFORNIA (Reuters) – Teams searching for remains from the deadliest wildfire in California history were able to comb through wreckage in dry weather , but rains are expected to return next week and officials warned of a threat of mudslides. The so-called Camp Fire all but obliterated the mountain community of Paradise, 175 miles (280 … Read More

Rain complicates grim task of finding remains of California wildfire

11 November, 2018 8:51 am 8:51 am

CALIFORNIA (Reuters) – Steady rain in northern California doused the state’s most deadly wildfire but it turned ash from thousands of destroyed homes into slurry, complicating work to find bodies reduced to bone fragments. The so-called Camp Fire virtually obliterated the city of Paradise, located 175 miles (280 km) northeast of San Francisco, on Nov. … Read More

California searches for 1,000 missing in its deadliest fire

11 November, 2018 8:37 am 8:37 am

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – Recovery teams with cadaver dogs pressed on with their search for more victims in a flame-ravaged northern California town as authorities sought clues to the fate of more than 1,000 people reported missing in the deadliest wildfire in state history. Remains of at least 71 people have been recovered so far … Read More

Malibu residents flee massive wildfire, five dead in Northern California

11 November, 2018 8:24 am 8:24 am

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – Wildfires raged across California, where five people died in their cars while trying to escape flames engulfing a mountain town, and residents were forced to flee the upscale beach community of Malibu in the face of a monster firestorm. Hundreds of homes were believed destroyed in Paradise, California, some 90 miles … Read More

Mechanic becomes latest person killed in California fires

08 August, 2018 8:35 am 8:35 am

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A mechanic helping to fight one of several major wildfires in California was killed in a traffic collision on Thursday, bringing the death toll from that blaze to eight, officials said. Andrew Brake, 40, was assigned to the Carr Fire burning around Redding in Northern California and was killed in a … Read More

Gusting winds, heat to menace California wildfire battle

08 August, 2018 9:44 am 9:44 am

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Crews battling the largest wildfire in California’s history face a return of gusting winds and high temperatures on Thursday that are expected to stoke a blaze that has burned an area nearly the size of Los Angeles. Northern California’s Mendocino Complex fire was 47 percent contained , up from 34 percent … Read More

Northern California wildfires still expanding

08 August, 2018 8:47 am 8:47 am

CALIFORNIA (Reuters) – A couple of fast-growing wildfires in northern California expanded by more than 25 percent overnight and continued to spread  as more residents were ordered to evacuate their homes and weary firefighters endured high temperatures and gusting winds. Two blazes collectively called the Mendocino Complex burned in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties, about … Read More