Before and after photos reveal California wildfire devastation in small towns


US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and California Governor Jerry Brown were scheduled to tour the area, as well as the site of the Woolsey Fire, where two people have died about 64 km west of Los Angeles.

Donations are pouring in for those affected by the destructive California fires, with corporations and stars alike chipping in. I was one of the lucky ones, my home was only partially destroyed.

The intensified effort to locate victims came on the sixth day of a blaze that incinerated more than 7,000 homes and other buildings.

Since that time, Butte County Sheriff deputies have been patrolling the streets on alert for potential looters. "But now we know".

The sheriff said he also has requested three portable morgue teams from the U.S. military, a "disaster mortuary" crew and an unspecified number of cadaver dog units to assist in the search for human remains.

What is the latest on the Camp Fire?

Sarah Gronseth kissed her dog Branch in the bed of a truck in a parking lot, Tuesday, in Chico Calif. Gronseth, a teacher, evacuated some of her high school students in her truck as the fire bore down on the high school in Paradise, Calif. As of Monday night, almost half of the evacuation centers in Chico, Oroville and nearby towns were at capacity.

"I've never been to an incident with this much destruction and the complexity that's tied to it", says 30-year veteran Dave Russell of Cal Fire, the state's forestry and fire protection agency. The severity of the fire was caused by multiple factors, including prolonged drought, logging and clearing of land for farms. But it added that dry conditions and steep terrain will continue to pose a challenge.

"Our scientists and toxicologists have reviewed information about the fire's location and do not believe the fire has caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exposed to the smoke", the department said.

In some neighborhoods, all but a few houses were completely destroyed.

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More than 300,000 California residents have had to flee their homes.

The National Weather Service office in Los Angeles said there were wind gusts Tuesday of up to 33 miles per hour in the fire areas. The exact number of missing was unclear, but many friends and relatives of those living in the fire zone said they hadn't heard from loved ones.

The Woolsey Fire has destroyed 435 structures including the 100-year-old Paramount Ranch where HBO's "Westworld" and other popular television shows and movies were filmed.

Nearby, the Hill Fire in Ventura County has burned 4,531 acres and was 85 percent contained, according to a post by Cal Fire on Monday night.

"Without any rain and with the persistence of dry air there are likely to be more fires, but without the strong winds the flames will not spread as quickly", Gaulter said.

As of Wednesday morning the Woolsey Fire was 47 percent contained and 57,000 structures still remain under threat. We know 50 other kids in the community who have had cancers, and we've got above-average invasive breast cancer rates here.

As KQED has reported, two electric utility companies reported service problems just minutes before the Woolsey and Camp fires began. The utility later said it observed damage to a transmission tower on the line, and a PG&E spokeswoman said the company will cooperate with any investigations.

Meanwhile, state investigators trying to establish the cause of the inferno appeared to be zeroing in on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines.

In Southern California, the Woolsey Fire has claimed two lives and charred more than 150 square miles - an area larger than the size of Denver.

PG&E customer Betsy Ann Cowley told the Daily Mail that she received an email from the power company on November 7, warning her that crews would need to come inspect power lines on her land because "they were having problems with sparks".