California wildfires deadliest in state's history

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The blaze killed at least 42 people and left family and friends desperate to find the many more that remain missing. CalFire said 57,000 structures were still in harm's way from the Woolsey Fire.

"I extend my love to each and every one of you", Gaga told the displaced crowd at Pacific Palisades High School, according to TMZ. More than 5,000 personnel are fighting the blaze, which has destroyed more than 6,500 homes and 260 commercial buildings. A spokeswoman for the California Public Utilities Commission tells the station that it will incorporate those reports into its investigation. "One of the things that I saw when I was up there is that there is so much debris in some of these areas that it's very hard to determine whether or not there might be human remains there".

In some areas, the ground was still too hot for even cadaver dogs to step on.

Authorities are employing 10 DNA lab trucks to identify victims, as well as two teams of anthropologists from California State University, Chico to help in cases where only bone fragments were found.

President Trump has approved an expedited request for a disaster declaration for the California fires, saying he wanted "to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on".

"It's something I absolutely had to do", said Colusa Police Sgt. Jarrod Hughes, who lost his Paradise home. "God Bless all of the victims and families affected".

Meanwhile, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, is pushing for $720 million in wildfire-relief funds. "It was a fire storm, the worse I've ever seen it, I've fought a lot of fires at my house".

Thousands of the town's structures were completely destroyed in just a matter of hours as the blaze, named the Camp Fire, tore through the area.

More harrowing footage of the California wildfires shows just how close the fires in the southern part of the state keep creeping to large urban areas.

Search teams in Butte County have recovered the remains of 29 people; majority were found inside burned-out homes in and around the town of Paradise, or in cars that were overwhelmed by fire as locals desperately tried to outrun the fast-moving flames. The blaze won't be fully contained until at least Saturday, officials said.

The fires have killed 31 people as of Monday morning.



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