Death Toll in California Wildfires Rises to 31

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According to news reports, more than 200,000 people evacuated after high winds sent the wildfire raging out of control, with more an 100 homes estimated to have been destroyed and more than 35,000 acres torched.

The air-masses blowing across the western USA deserts including Death Valley toward the coast are expected to bring the sustained high winds at least through Tuesday, he said.

The death toll stood at two.

The so-called Camp Fire in the northern part of the state has claimed at least 29 lives since it broke out on Thursday.

He also thanked the LA Fire Department and urged people to donate to help firefighters.

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

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.

The 58-year-old told the San Francisco Chronicle he was in a Jeep ahead of the other vehicles and ran when the flames overtook them.

On Friday she posted an image of billowing smoke with the image: "Our house is somewhere in there". But she said she always feared a wildfire since she moved there 15 years ago, especially during recent years in which there's been nearly no rain.

He added: "I've got to stay positive. She's a strong, smart woman".

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

"The firefighters and the communities in this state deserve an apology", said Brian Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters union.

"Just remember things can be replaced but we can't", said one.

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Almost 230 people were still unaccounted for on Sunday evening, leading to fears the death toll could rise considerably.

All told, more than 8,000 firefighters statewide were battling wildfires that destroyed more than 7,000 structures and scorched more than 325 square miles (840 square kilometers), the flames feeding on dry brush and driven by blowtorch winds.

An AFP journalist saw recovery team workers discover, bag and drive away two bodies in the Paradise area on Sunday, and the death toll looked set to rise further with scores more people still unaccounted for.

"This weighs heavy on all of us", Honea said. Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA county Sheriff's department!

As the fires in Southern California continue to rage and be contained, many houses have been threatened and many have burned down. "Welcome to my home in Malibu".

Many others, including Kim Kardashian West, Caitlyn Jenner, Orlando Bloom, Alyssa Milano, Lady Gaga, Rainn Wilson and fashion designer Donna Karan were among evacuees.

Flames also besieged Thousand Oaks, the Southern California city in mourning over the massacre of 12 people in a shooting rampage at a country music bar Wednesday night.

Winds of up to 64 km per hour were forecast to blow across the area on Sunday.

Singer Rod Stewart tweeted a message aimed at US President Donald Trump.

Drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change, and the building of homes deeper into forests have led to longer and more destructive wildfire seasons in California.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor".

Both were wearing heavy green jackets, jeans, boots and face masks around their necks.

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