Horse hid in pool to survive California wildfires

David Spence from the UK looks at a burned out vintage sports destroyed in the fire

David Spence from the UK looks at a burned out vintage sports destroyed in the fire

At a news conference late on Sunday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the bodies of five people had been found in their burned-out homes and a sixth was found inside a vehicle.

"Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, employees, contractors and the communities we serve", King said. "People have been badly burned". "We want to take that worry away from them as they rebuild their lives". More than 100 people are on the list.

The blaze has now been 35 percent contained, according to officials after it destroyed more than 54,000 hectares, incinerating more than 8,800 structures, 7,600 of them homes.

Butte County Sheriff's Office has reported six arrests this week relating to incidents in areas under mandatory evacuation orders due to the Camp Fire, with suspected crimes ranging from drug possession to looting.

Fire officials have not yet confirmed a cause for the blaze.

An analyst with Citi Investment Research estimates damages from the fire could exceed $15 billion and noted that the state of California "will likely step in to protect the utility and its customers". Winds were expected to weaken on Monday night. On Wednesday the winds will still be blustery, but not quite as strong.

Low humidity, warm Santa Ana winds, and dry ground after a rain-free month have produced a prime fire-spreading environment. - More than one hundred homes, a hospital, a Safeway store and scores of other structures have burned in the area and the fire shows no signs of slowing.

Despite the gusty winds, low visibility and rough terrain it was a "successful day", Captain Brian McGrath told reporters in a briefing. "We should love Paradise", said Ward Habriel at the meeting.

Some residents were allowed to return to affected neighbourhoods on Tuesday, including in parts of Malibu.

Authorities have not determined a cause for either of two major blazes burning now, but Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International, have reported irregularities with their equipment near the time and place where both ignited.

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Earlier Mr Honea said 228 people were listed as missing, and his office was working to determine the fate of almost 1,300 people whose loved ones had requested "wellbeing checks".

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Her next-door neighbours opened the back gate so her three dogs could escape before they fled the flames and the dogs were picked up several days later waiting patiently in the charred remains of their home, she said.

"This is a very hard task".

Taylor, a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran who walks with a cane, said he received a call Thursday morning to evacuate immediately.

Along the way, he tried to convince his neighbour to get in his vehicle and evacuate with him, but the neighbour declined. He doesn't know what happened to his friend.

"We're getting the upper hand here".

"It happened so fast".

"Before, you always have hope", she said.

Investigators are consulting forensic anthropologists for help in identifying the remains.

Authorities have not updated the total number of missing since Sunday, when 228 people were unaccounted for. But the company elected not to go ahead with the shut down in Butte County and other areas, citing poor weather conditions.

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.

The Woolsey fire has also reached the location of a former nuclear testing site, prompting concerns from locals that the fire could interact with radiation or chemical contamination in soil and vegetation at the site.

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