Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler Among Stars to Lose Homes in California Wildfires

Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler Among Stars to Lose Homes in California Wildfires

Two people were also found dead in a wildfire in Southern California, where fires tore through Malibu mansions and homes in working-class Los Angeles suburbs.

"Typically this time of year when we get fires in Southern California we can rely upon our mutual aid partners in Northern California to come assist us because this time of year they've already had significant rainfall or even snow", said Osby, the LA County fire chief.

The death toll from the wildfire that incinerated the town of Northern California town of Paradise and surrounding areas climbed to 29, matching the mark for the deadliest single blaze in California history.

The Woolsey Fire is threatening about 75,000 homes in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. At last word, 149,000 people remained under evacuation orders, officials said Sunday afternoon.

Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency and is calling on President Trump to make a major disaster declaration in response to the wildfires ravaging the state.

A news briefing with the latest fire numbers was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Horses dislocated by the blaze were also discovered by firefighters and local residents who battled the fires and later posted photos of the rescued animals to alert their owners of their safety.

The mayor of Paradise, Jody Jones, gave the BBC an update on the situation in the town.

Hours after the fire broke out, residents fleeing Paradise became trapped in gridlock traffic as the fire closed in. "I need to find my mom - I'm not giving up hope she's out there". "I had an opportunity to go up there and take a look for myself".

Among those to evacuate were some celebrities whose homes have been lost to the fires.

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Southern California's wildfire has killed two and destroyed at least 177 homes.

The fire remains 25 percent contained.

"It was like a firestorm, it was roaring", he told CNN affiliate KABC, referring to the Woolsey Fire. It is only 10% contained. "With just a little bit of drying you get a substantial increase in the amount of burning".

Eager to know the status of his house, 69-year-old Roger Kelly defied evacuation orders Sunday and hiked back into Seminole Springs, his lakeside mobile home community in the Santa Monica Mountains north of Malibu.

But officials warned against complacency, with winds of up to 70mph (112km/h) expected over the coming days. He noted that humidity is extremely low, rainfall is at dangerously low levels, and winds on Thursday picked up, creating the recipe for the wildfires to spread.

"They advertised this great system, that they're going to disconnect power". He said that forest mismanagement is not at all a contributing factor and, citing a tweet he saw over the weekend, suggested that Trump's warning of pulling federal payments unless management improves is like pulling federal funding from the National Hurricane Center "until you stop all these hurricanes".

Meteorologist David Gomberg told the Los Angeles Times newspaper that fire tornadoes were possible.

Cal Fire officials said they'be be reviewing "electrical equipment" as part of its probe.

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

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