Death Tolls Climb As California Wildfires Rage On (Video)
Wildfires stretching up and down the state of California continue to burn on Monday, Nov. 12, with no end in sight.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Woolsey fire has caused at least two confirmed deaths and has forced more than 250,000 people to evacuate their homes. The fire has burned both homes and land stretching from Malibu, Westlake Village, and Thousand Oaks, and is currently threatening both the Simi Valley and West Hills.
Meanwhile, the Times reported, the Hill fire, another Southern California fire, has pushed to the edge of Camarillo Springs and the Cal State Channel Islands. It too has burned more than 4,000 acres.
To the north, the Camp fire in Butte County has killed at least 29 people and destroyed more than 6,700 structures and burned more than 110,000 acres. It is already the state’s most destructive fire in history.
According to Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea, who spoke to NBC, some 200 people remain unaccounted for following the Camp fire. He noted, however, that some may be in shelters and unable to contact family.
"We drove out of the clouds into the sunshine and could see flames on the ridge, consuming everything it was touching," Joanna Garcia, who fled the fire with her family on Thursday, told NBC. "You never think you’re going to get out of those flames.”
While firefighters were able to make good headway on all the fires across the state this weekend, many areas still remain under a red flag warning. According to NBC, that is a designation used by the National Weather Service to indicate “ideal wildland fire conditions.” According to Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Office of Emergency Services, who also spoke to NBC, an estimated 150,000 people remained under mandatory evacuation orders and are not allowed to return home to survey the damage for themselves.
Find out how you can help first responders, people, and animals affected by the fires across California here.