Gerard Butler devastated after wildfires destroy his Malibu home
Gerard Butler devastated after wildfires destroy his Malibu home
Severe 'devil winds' expected to whip up deadly California blazes
13 November, 2018, 23:34
Airplanes and helicopters swooped low over hills and canyons to drop loads of fire retardant and water.
The TV series Westworld was among the many productions that have filmed at the ranch in the mountains west of Los Angeles.
Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea said that 228 people remained unaccounted for since the fire mostly incinerated the foothill town of 27,000 people on Thursday.
"Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating", the P.S.
His only hope that the large home, once billed in real estate listings as "Shangri-La", would survive was that his next-door neighbor, Randy Berkeley, would not only protect his own house, but also Rasmussen's. "My house is still standing".
Meanwhile, a landowner near where the blaze began, Betsy Ann Cowley, said she got an email from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. the day before the fire last week telling her that crews needed to come onto her property because the utility's power lines were causing sparks. "He just went above and beyond".
Several officials urged residents to heed evacuation orders.
He'd been forced to evacuate - but returned to the burned out shell of his home. As one major freeway reopened, another was closed.
Firefighters took advantage of a brief calm overnight to make headway against the multiple blazes, but conditions were expected to be hellish on Sunday with winds reaching as high as 110 kilometres an hour.
It has consumed around 83,000 acres, destroyed at least 177 buildings and was 10 percent contained, Cal Fire said Sunday.
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An estimated 52,000 people have already evacuated the region, with more than 20 zones listed on the mandatory evacuation orders issued by Cal Fire.
Firefighters and water-dropping aircraft quickly corralled the new flames. The smaller Hill Fire, nearby, has scorched 4,530 acres and is 75% contained. According to Reuters, death toll rose to 31.
It now equals the deadliest wildfire on record in California - the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles.
Residents fled for their lives as more than 6,700 homes and businesses were destroyed, making the fire the most destructive in the state's history. The search for bodies continued Monday.
Taking to social media, he wrote: "Heartbreaking time across California".
Looting was reported in the southern fire area and arrests were made, police reported. The report said the fire was reported around 2:24 p.m. Thursday, two minutes after the outage.
More than 8,000 firefighters in all battled three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometers) in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive and gusty, blowtorch winds starting up again.
In Southern California, relief and heartache awaited those returning home.
Geary surveys the damage to their home. They are going to blow for the next three days.
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 on Wednesday night. "Your house can be rebuilt but you can't bring your life back".
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