Missing in California Fire Include Many People in Their 80s and 90s

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The killer blaze, fueled by thick, drought-desiccated scrub, has capped two back-to-back catastrophic wildfire seasons in California that scientists largely attribute to prolonged drought they say is symptomatic of climate change.

More than 7,000 buildings were destroyed by the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California's history.

AP Photo/Noah Berge Firefighters recover the body of a Camp fire victim at the Holly Hills Mobile Estates on Wednesday in Paradise, California.

Two deaths were reported in the Woolsey Fire, which is burning through celebrity mansions and suburban homes alike in Malibu.

A spokeswoman for CPUC told local media the probes would "assess the compliance of electric facilities with applicable rules and regulations in fire impacted areas".

To the south, the Woolsey Fire has burned 96,314 acres and is 35 percent contained, Cal Fire said Tuesday morning.

Investigators think some sparking power lines could have been the cause of the blaze.

Authorities reported two more people perished over the weekend in a separate blaze, dubbed the Woolsey Fire, that has destroyed 435 structures and displaced some 200,000 people in the mountains and foothills near Southern California's Malibu coast, west of Los Angeles.

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More than 15,000 structures were threatened by the Camp Fire on Monday in an area so thick with smoke that visibility was reduced in some places to less than half a mile.

Late on Wednesday, the Butte County Sheriff's Office released a list of 103 people reported missing by relatives, the majority of them over the age of 65.

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. Woolsey Fire, Camp Fire and Hill fire are all being tirelessly battled by firefighters.

The bodies of some victims were found in and around the burned-out wreckage of vehicles engulfed in the firestorm as evacuation traffic halted in deadly knots of gridlock hours after the fire erupted. Company spokesman Jason King said, "Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, employees, contractors and the communities we serve". Jordan said no one seemed to know whether they were able to get out or whether their house was still standing.

The 42 dead in Northern California surpassed the deadliest single fire on record, a 1933 blaze in Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

Still, though swirling winds and limited visibility at times remained challenging, Cal Fire operations section chief Joshua Bischof said the day was a successful one. Air tankers were preparing to drop retardant in the fire's path to impede its progress, officials said.

He said he was trying to get answers to requests for details about why and when it was disconnected from the power supply or how many lines go through the area. The company reported a $1 billion net loss in the second quarter of this year, driven by almost $1.6 billion in wildfire costs, and net income of $550 million for the third quarter.

US President Donald Trump has declared both to be disaster areas, making federal emergency assistance more readily available.

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