Northern California fire toll at 42 but hundreds may still be missing

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Celebrities are feeling the impact of the California wildfires, too.

Forty-six people died in a flurry of wind-driven wildfires that swept northern California's wine country in October previous year, destroying some 8,900 homes and other structures.

Hughes is one of the 30-plus officers who lost their homes in the blaze but continued to report for duty to help locate missing people and victims, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.

"Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires", the actor added.

The so-called Woolsey wildfires are now the deadliest in California history having already claimed 42 lives.

Authorities picking their way through burned-out neighborhoods say a Southern California wildfire has now destroyed at least 435 buildings, a lot of them homes.

The Woolsey fire is one of three major blazes burning across California. Of those cases, 231 individuals had turned up safe, he said.

That brings the death toll from fires this week to 31 statewide.

The 42 confirmed deaths far surpass the 29 casualties from the Griffith Park blaze in Los Angeles in 1933.

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Both fires have spread with an erratic intensity that has strained resources and kept firefighters struggling to keep up with the flames while catching many residents by surprise. A spokeswoman for the California Public Utilities Commission told the Chico Enterprise-Record on Monday the regulator has launched investigations that may include an inspection of the fire sites once the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) allows.

Searchers found the charred remains of their house and the burned-out shells of their vehicles - but no bodies, she said.

"More than 4,000 are fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires in California that have burned over 170,000 acres", he wrote on Saturday.

Crews pushed forward to achieve 25pc containment of the camp fire in northern California, which had burned 111,000 acres at the edge of the Plumas National Forest.

In Northern California, fire crews still fighting the blaze that obliterated Paradise contended with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour overnight, the flames jumping 300 feet across Lake Oroville.

Officials said Monday that an estimated 370 structures burned in the Woolsey fire and that only 15 per cent of their damage estimate has been completed.

Firefighters are now bracing for the return of the Santa Ana winds, which threaten to fuel the vast Woolsey blaze stretching from north of Los Angeles to the Pacific coast, which is at 35 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

Full evacuations remained in place for the communities of Topanga and Malibu.

The satellite images above show the area ravaged by the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California over the last six days.

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