Gerard Butler volunteers to help victims of California wildfires

Gerard Butler volunteers to help victims of California wildfires

The town of Paradise in Butte County in northern California has been engulfed by the deadliest wildfire in the state's history.

Meanwhile, the Woolsey Fire in the southern part of the state remains 35 percent contained but has left 200,000 people under evacuation orders.

On Monday, President Donald Trump - at the request of state authorities - declared that a "major disaster" exists in California.

A helicopter makes a water drop on the Woolsey Fire near Malibu, California.

The latest tally of casualties from the Camp Fire was announced by Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea as forensic teams with cadaver dogs combed through a ghostly landscape strewn with ash and charred debris in Paradise, California, in the Sierra foothills about 280km north of San Francisco.

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. "I know we do not know each other, but I love you".

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Hundreds of people have been called in as missing since the fire erupted Thursday, and Honea said he planned to release publicly a list of all people authorities have been asked to search for in hopes that area residents will check to see if they have mistakenly been reported missing by loved ones.

The town's mayor has estimated that 80-90% of the town's neighbourhoods were destroyed in the fire.

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.

'I'm okay, I just came from my property and it could've been worse.

Some of the thousands of people forced from several communities by the huge Southern California wildfire are being allowed to return to their homes.

Officials in Northern California released another grim statistic in a wildfire that is achieving heartbreaking records: 29 people have died in and around Paradise, matching the deadliest wildfire in state history. In some cases, investigators have found only bone fragments.

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