Sir Rod Stewart blasts Donald Trump over Californian wildfires

Sir Rod Stewart blasts Donald Trump over Californian wildfires

Kerry Wise
November 13, 2018

The Camp fire - one of the state's deadliest - virtually obliterated the town of Paradise, home to more than 26,000 people.

Entire neighbourhoods were levelled, destroying more than 6700 buildings, nearly all of them homes, and the business district was destroyed by a blaze that threatened to explode again with the same fury that largely incinerated the foothill town. A total of 29 bodies have so far been recovered from in and around Paradise, equaling the deadliest single fire on record, 1933's Griffith Park fire.

But when he returned to his house, he found only debris, ashes, and a burned down auto.

The devastation was so complete in some neighborhoods that "it's very hard to determine whether or not there may be human remains there", Honea said.

Honea said 228 people were officially listed as missing in the disaster, but added that his office had received requests to check on the wellbeing of more than 1,500 people who had not been heard from by loved ones.

Authorities have been forced to bring in a mobile DNA lab to help identify some of the victims.

Two more California wildfires, the Hill and Woolsey Fires, have devastated several miles of land near Los Angeles.

As of Sunday night, CalFire officials estimated the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles, in the southern part of the state, had burned more than 85,000 acres, destroyed 117 structures and was at 15 percent containment.

Hollywood actor Gerard Butler returned to his home in Malibu to find that it has been completely destroyed by the wild fire now ripping through California.

"Real Housewives" star Camille Grammer also said on Instagram that she lost her home.

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The family quickly took photos, a few clothes and other essentials hoping they could come back to their home.

In a post on his official website decrying the impact of climate change, Young said "I have lost my home before to a California wildfire, now another".

"I am one of the lucky ones".

The death toll in Northern California has risen to 42, as firefighters continue to battle the so-called Camp Fire, while the state-wide death toll has reached 44.

Celebrities including Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Rainn Wilson, and Alyssa Milano fled their houses over the weekend to escape the unprecedented winds.

More than 8,000 firefighters in all battled three large wildfires burning across almost 1,040 square kilometres in northern and southern California, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive and gusty winds starting up again.

Singer Miley Cyrus's home was one of the buildings destroyed in southern California.

Cyrus, who is engaged to Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, said her animals and "love of my life" made it out safely. "My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong".

Trump, on a trip to France, said in a Twitter post early Sunday, "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

Mr Brown said federal and state governments must do more forest management, but said climate change was the greater source of the problem.